Practical research for education was a bi-annual journal for education practitioners, published by subscription. It included a range of articles reporting on recent research, and highlighting implications for teaching and learning, school management and school policy. 

Practical research for education ceased publication in 2011. The archive below makes available free download access to articles from every edition of the journal since 2000.

For more up to date news on our research, see Impact: NFER's Research News for Schools 

Practical research for education archive 

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The potential for examination success in the sixth form lies in belief

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AfL for inclusive, differentiated learning: Benefiting all students in a class

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Serena Dixon - Profile interview

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Tool-kit 11: Writing up research - some tips to get you started

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Insights from critical learning episodes

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Was it right to abandon the creative curriculum?

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Research award celebration starts new community

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Letter from the chalk-face: Colour makes sense!

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Supporting professional educational inquiry in a residential special school

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Literacy teaching and learning for the 21st century

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Action research in Abu Dhabi

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Do groupings for group work matter?

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Response to 'What is the truth and what can we do with it?'

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Profile: Caroline Sharp

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Tool-kit 10: Using the internet to find educational research

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Letter from the chalk-face: What is the attraction of practice-based research?

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Embracing the power of texting

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Assessment for Learning in science

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The benefits of practitioner research in further education

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Can interactive classroom newsletters foster authentic home-school communication?

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Student perceptions of Aimhigher learning mentors and post-16 pastoral support

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Online learning: the impact on students' self-esteem and academic progress

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Using supported experiments to improve teaching and learning

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Using wikis to improve students' learning

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What is the 'truth' and what can we do with it?

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Profile: Andrew Morris

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Tool-kit 9: using focus groups

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practical research for education conference 2009

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Nature of Experience: engaging special needs learners through the natural world

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Teaching originality and flair

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What's new in CERUKplus

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What drives development in learning mathematics?

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Peer coaching and mentoring to improve teaching and learning

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Working successfully across agencies: a practical model for the future

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Do they get the picture? Feedback in primary classrooms

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Tool-kit 8: Using audience response systems in research with children

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Once upon a time... Telling stories to build children's vocabulary

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Letter from the chalk-face: why would an already busy teacher consider getting involved in research?

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Profile: Judy Sebba

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Students' research on healthy eating

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Reaching disengaged students through media skills

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The Education Maintenance Allowance: motivation and moral judgement from a practitioner's perspective

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Does peer support improve students' motivation?

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E-assessment and the i-nfer plan

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Letter from the chalkface: research inspires a new professionalism

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Tool-kit 7: Using appreciative inquiry in research

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Profile: Andrew Pollard

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Using support groups to improve behaviour

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Reading - a pleasure or a pain? Attitudes to reading in years 4 and 6

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Teaching inference skills in reading

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Thinking outside the box: learning from a school research project

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Understanding Fischer Family Trust output

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practical research for education conference 2008

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Free online database of current research: CERUK plus

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Maths, science and gender: messages from TIMSS

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Switching on the light - some reflections on staff development to support inclusive learning

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Tailor-made science for key stage 1 - using pupil profiles to help personalise learning

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The value of social care professionals in schools

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Dylan Wiliam - Profile interview

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Tool-kit 6: Collecting evidence of pupil work

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What - no grades? An action research project in assessment for learning

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A burning issue: what is the impact of school fires?

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Doing participative practitioner-based research

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Children's reading - the picture in England within a global setting

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Using research expertise abroad

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Using national data for self-evaluation and school improvement

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Tool-kit 5: What to do with the results of your literature search

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Profile: Lesley Saunders

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Managing education provision for secondary pupils at risk of exclusion, or excluded from school

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Using letters in research: a novel methodology for reflective practice

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Behaviour in Scottish schools

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An NQT speaks out about her experience of research

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Comments on 'Cognitive ability and school improvement'

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Scaling new heights: a six-step guide for HLTA deployment

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How can the needs of advanced bilingual learners be met in primary schools?

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Developing social, emotional and behavioural skills in secondary schools

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Research is important because... Report on the practical research for education conference 2007

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Citizenship education: maintaining the momentum

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School council research: student researchers help inform spending decisions

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Feedback - does it have any bite?

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Tool-kit 4: searching for literature

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Motivation techniques for encouraging reading at A level

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How do young people make chemistry-careers decisions?

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Literature review of educational provision for pupils with additional support needs

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Top ten research websites for teachers

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Aren't we all researchers already?

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ultiple intelligences: fashionable or foundational?

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White children's perspectives on interethnic relations following the move from primary to secondary school

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Profile: Tim Brighouse

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The good, the bad and the ugly – secondary pupils' views of good and bad practice in MFL teaching

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Cognitive ability and school improvement

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Tool-kit 3: are you asking the right questions?

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Profile: Shirley Clarke

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Thinking skills in the early years: a literature review

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Confessions of a research addict

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Motivating learners around the world

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'Be healthy' and its implications for schools

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Improving secondary school grounds

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Students' experiences of 'researching' in different subjects

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Early years education [perspectives from a review of the international literature]

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Making a difference through enquiry [Topic conference, 12 July 2006]

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Assessment 5-14: what do pupils and parents think?

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Mainstreaming pupils with special educational needs

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Profile: Louise Stoll

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Tool-kit 2: an introduction to sampling

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Education welfare: at the crossroads?

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Making a successful transition to year 1

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Estimation exposed

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Admission and exclusion policies: how are students with SEN affected?

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Becoming a research engaged school

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How good are our educational statistics?

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New roles for local authorities in education: opportunities and challenges

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The experiences of black and minority ethnic young people following the transition to secondary school

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Topic revisited: over fifteen years of practical implications of educational research

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Teaching gifted and talented students in all classrooms

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Working it out - remodelling and what it means for schools

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Edward de Bono - Interviewed by Gail Goodwin

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Tool-kit 1: planning your research project

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Time to change the perspective on self-esteem? Circle Time and beyond

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School art - what-s in it? Exploring visual arts in secondary schools

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School GCSE/GNVQ performance and pupil backgrounds

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Moving citizenship education forward: key considerations for schools and colleges

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I'm not the enemy... I'm a teacher, too! Research on the front line

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Professional development through teacher enquiry

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Profile Kathy Sylva

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Pupils' views of the curriculum: are you 'in the know'?

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Teachers' advice to potential new entrants

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The benefits of a forest school experience for children in their early years

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The employment and deployment of teaching assistants

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14-19 pathways in Wales: emerging themes

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Environmental education: roots in the past, visions of the future, opportunities in the present

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Meeting the needs of children from birth to three: research evidence and implications for out-of-home provision

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Negotiating the transition to secondary school

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Lessons from inspection reports on primary school attendance

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Boring botany? Rethinking teaching about plants in schools

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The NFER's Annual Survey of Trends ten years on - some reflections

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Profile: Howard Gardner

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Developing young children's creativity: what can we learn from research?

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Theatre and open-ended play in the early years - combining to promote opportunities for creativity

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Strategies to support school phobics and school refusers

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Is floor target policy fair? Opinion piece

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Difficult concept or difficult assessment?

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A survey of the use of assessment information to support teaching and learning

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Taking control: how teachers use research

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Profile: John MacBeath

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How to develop citizenship education in schools: England's results from the IEA Citizenship Education Study

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What do pupils think about ICT?

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IQEA in Nottinghamshire: a special project

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Data - does it really speak for itself? Or why do a complicated analysis when you can get it wrong much more easily with a simple analysis?

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Young people and bereavement

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Learning from coursework: student voices, teacher choices

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Tracking the progress of investors in people in schools

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Problem solving in school chemistry: an exploratory study

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The gifted and talented: who are they and does it matter who they are?

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New ways of thinking about raising boys' achievement

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What's important in early years education? Some messages from research

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Flexible assessment: English tasks for children working below the levels of the national curriculum assessment at key stage 2

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The foundation stage profile

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Supporting schools in difficult circumstances: the role of school-to-school cooperation

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Understanding the apostrophe at key stage 2

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Classroom organisation in primary mathematics teaching: The challenges of diversity

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Calculating mentally: Is there a best way?

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Leading for improvement in challenging circumstances

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Teachers' views on the use of performance data

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Pupil participation in target setting procedures

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Second time around - better or worse? Stress amongst secondary school teachers: a case study of inspection

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Is teacher confidence a factor in the effective teaching of data handling?

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How can homework help learning?

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Strategies for promoting values education through the curriculum

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School breakfast clubs, social background and nutritional status

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Evidence-based teaching in primary school science: the Nottingham EBT project

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Boys and literacy: exploring the issues

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The impact of selection on pupil performance

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Meeting the educational needs of children with Down syndrome: keys to successful inclusion

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Whole-class interactive teaching

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School councils: their role in citizenship and social education

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Homework: enhancing learning and raising achievement

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Baseline assessment - developments in Scotland

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Classroom practice: new approaches supported by ICT

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School-based mentoring in initial teacher training (ITT): what the student teachers think

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Mentoring young people: benefits and considerations

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Should schools set homework?

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The education of pupils with autistic spectrum disorders up to the end of key stage one

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Developing debriefing skills: the gateway to metacognition and transfer

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Working out well: effective provision for excluded pupils

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How schools use their non-contact days

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Learning from Beacon Schools: findings from the evaluation of pilot Beacon Schools

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Environmental education: recent research on learners and learning

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Dyspraxia - addressing the development of motor skills within one mainstream infant school

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A school-home liaison project: supporting and involving parents; reducing truancy and exclusion

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Marking and feedback

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Evaluating school self-evaluation

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Setting Individual Targets with Children in Key stage 2

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Developing Inclusive Schools

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How do you know if it's bullying? Common mistakes and their consequences

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Developing children's skills in mathematical explanation

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The effective teaching of writing

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Do pupils with learning difficulties need teaching?

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Developing individual education plan targets within whole-school assessment procedures

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Adolescents as active readers: improving attainment and motivation with classic poetry

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Pupils' knowledge and understanding of food hygiene

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Secondary school pupils' views of health education within PSHE

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The LEA contribution to school improvement

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Drama as a framework for the development of literacy

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Curiosity Kits: the impact of non-fiction book bags on boys' reading at home

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Improving school effectiveness

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The impact of OFSTED Inspections: the experience of special measures schools

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Test development research: a short guide

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Protecting children in the primary school

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Handwriting, achievement and school policy

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The effectiveness of multi-age grouping: an Australian study

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): clues and strategies for coping at school

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Strategies for raising achievement at key stage 2: a process of educational change

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The use of new learning methods to boost GCSE grades in a French class

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Study support - an ideal vehicle for the work of pupil mentors

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Personal learning plans: supporting pupil learning

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Beacon Schools: what have they to offer? Findings from the evaluation of pilot Beacon Schools

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Developing emotional intelligence in the classroom

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Citizenship education: some lessons from other countries

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Optimising challenge to young children: action research in a nursery school

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The implementation of the Literacy Hour in small rural schools

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When should children start school and what should we teach them?

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Implementing the national literacy strategy: How are teachers managing?

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Boys' underachievement is a problem, but it is not their fault! Current perceptions and practical strategies

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Self-assessment for students with learning difficulties

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Words matter - thinking and talking about writing in the classroom

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School bullying: issues for teachers

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LEA views about the failure of mainstream education placements for pupils with Down's syndrome

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Home-based education: not 'does it work?' but 'why does it work so well'?

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Strategies for school improvement

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The role of calendar innovation in improving learning in schools

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