‘Thinking, Doing, Talking Science Project’
A research project led by Helen Wilson, Principal Lecturer at the School of Education, together with Science Oxford, has found that delivering creative and challenging lessons to primary school children improved their attainment in science by the equivalent of three months learning.
The evaluation report of the project, titled Thinking, Doing, Talking Science, was published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) on Friday 12 June 2015.
Helen Wilson conducted a year-long trial involving 1500 Year Five pupils across 42 schools in Oxfordshire. Those participating in the trial saw their science scores increase by the equivalent of three additional months and the positive effects of the programme look to be particularly pronounced for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition to the gains in their science knowledge and understanding, the pupils’ attitudes towards science also improved throughout the trial.
The programme provided five professional development sessions to two teachers from each school. The teachers were enabled to deliver science lessons that included more creative investigations, class discussions and asking big questions to challenge childrens’ thinking, such as ‘how do we know the earth is a sphere?’, or ‘how do we know the person next to us is alive?’.
The project was funded by EFF and delivered by Science Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.
Let’s Teach Computing
A department for Education funded online course to help deliver the Primary Computing Curriculum.
The year 2014/15 saw significant changes to the Primary School Computing Curriculum. To help, Oxford Brookes University teamed up with the University of Northampton and educational technology firm Turn IT. Together, we developed a project to support schools to easily embed the new Computing Curriculum. Named ˜Let’s Teach Computing’ it was a free online course, open to anyone and run over 6 weeks.
It focussed on areas of the curriculum such as programming, algorithms and using physical devices and centred around providing educators with tried and tested activities programming skills and planning ideas.
Developing Leaders for a Digital Age
Aimed at FE (Further Education) leaders and decision makers with responsibility for the learning experience, the curriculum, and the digital learning environment.
Developing Leaders for a Digital Age was an online course which supported college leaders to become better informed to make decisions about the provision and use of technology which meets learners’ expectations, develops their digital literacies and prepares them for employment.
It provided users with course materials, webinars and activities along with support from the project team and encouraged networking with other FE managers and leaders enrolled on the course.
Developing Leaders for a Digital Age was commissioned on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation by Association of Employment and Learning Providers as the lead for the Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance (ELMAG) partnership, and was funded by the Education and Training Foundation.
Consultancy work for the Oxford Diocesan School Trust
Oxford Brookes has been working in partnership with The Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust since 2013 to deliver school improvement works in a range of their schools.
We currently deliver bespoke training tailored to meet the needs of schools in the following areas:
- Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) mentoring and support
- Special Education Needs and Inclusion support and development
- English – improving writing and reviewing current practice for reading
- Grammar and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) development
- Learning leadership programme
- Maths Support
- Art teaching development
- Good to Outstanding
- Special Education Needs Coordination (SENCO) support and development
Leadership for Learning
Oxford Brookes University joined forces with the University of Oxford to provide leadership development for staff and governors of primary schools in Oxford.
Experts from the University of Oxford’s Department of Education partnered Oxford Brookes’ School of Education and a consortium of local schools (known as ˜Education Excellence in Oxford’) in an effort to improve numeracy and literacy levels in Oxford’s primary schools. The initiative was sponsored by Oxford City Council.
The project ran from 2012 to 2014, during which time, all schools which engaged with all aspects of the project experienced dramatic improvements in pupil performance, teacher retention and OFSTED graded outcomes.
A commissioned review of Leadership and Management in the Further Education sector.
On behalf of lead organisation for the Further Education sector we researched sector expectations and requirements for leadership and management training. Our report supported the development of a series of leadership and management interventions for the Further Education sector.