The characteristics of excellent schools and teachers

A new report published by Pearson, Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research, builds on the findings of the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) study. The researchers looked at practices in 125 English primary schools.

Standardised assessments were used to measure children’s academic attainment in reading and maths in Years 1 and 5. Classroom practices and processes were studied using two classroom observation instruments.

The researchers identified 11 pedagogic strategies that were important in good schools: organisation, shared objectives, homework, classroom climate, behaviour management, collaborative learning, personalised teaching and learning, making links explicit, dialogic teaching and learning, assessment for learning, and whole-class teaching.

In addition, teachers in excellent schools excelled in organisational skills; positive classroom climate; personalised highly-interactive approaches to teaching and learning; use of dialogic teaching and learning; and more frequent and effective use of whole-class teaching.

Source: Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research (2014), Pearson.