NFER calls for action to make evidence-based teaching a reality
28 January 2014
Teaching is not currently an evidence-informed profession, and a coordinated set of actions across the teaching and research professions is needed so that evidence can be used to the benefit of all learners.
This is the core message in a new NFER paper that sets out the Foundation’s commitment to bringing evidence into practice, and which is being unveiled today at a special event co-hosted with the Coalition for Evidence Based Education (CEBE) at Church House, Westminster.
Chaired by NFER chief executive Carole Willis, the event is bringing together teachers, researchers and policymakers in the spirit of building partnerships that take action to support system-wide change.
Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss some of the key issues raised in today’s publication Why effective use of evidence in the classroom needs system-level change – the latest in the NFER Thinks series of policy papers. These include:
There is a crucial leadership role for professional associations and ‘middle-tier’ organisations such as local authorities and academy chains.
Teachers’ career development (both initial training and ongoing development) should support and equip them to use evidence to inform their practice.
Accountability and standards should support the use of evidence, including for example this being modelled by Ofsted.
The interests and needs of schools should be better reflected in the research commissioning process.
Greater support is needed to transform evidence into forms that can be easily accessed, understood and applied by teachers.
The paper also suggests several pieces of key facilitating infrastructure that would support the process of getting evidence into practice. This includes, for example, a research theme bank that enables to teachers to discuss and formulate questions for future research.
NFER Thinks: Why effective use of evidence in the classroom needs system-level change is freely downloadable from the NFER website.
You can follow the discussions from today’s event on twitter: #EdEvidence
Our recently published literature review Using Evidence in the Classroom: What Works and Why?
NFER Thinks co-author Julie Nelson’s blog post Evidence use: what’s the evidence?