I have been doing a lot of reading recently to find out what academic educational research studies can tell us about which interventions are effective for improving pupil progress. There is plenty of research out there, but it is difficult to collate all the information into practical advice for subject leaders.
Fortunately The Education Endowment Foundation have done just that for us! This trust has summarised educational research into a large variety of intervention strategies, stating how effective they are, their relative cost and how strong the evidence supporting these conclusions are. From early years intervention, peer mentoring, one-to-one tuition, employment of teaching assistants, to reducing class sizes, the trust can tell you what works and what doesn’t.
Click here to view the summary document outlining their conclusions on the effectiveness different intervention strategies called The Teaching and Learning Toolkit.
I have been considering introducing a peer mentoring scheme into my own school and am pleased to see that the research evidence suggests this is an effective intervention strategy. The document has produced a few surprises for me too including that mixed-ability teaching leads to better learning than ability grouping and that reducing class sizes and employing teaching assistants has a negligible effect.
A must read for all subject leaders.