Section 7

Unit 7.1: Personalised Learning and Pupil Voice

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Consulting Pupils about Teaching and Learning project:

Miliband, D. (2004) Personalised Learning: Building a New Relationship with Schools, Speech at the North of England Education Conference, Belfast:

National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services (formerly National College of School Leadership (NCSL)): personalised learning:
Follow the links on this website to find ideas about how to make personalised learning real in schools. It includes videos, case studies and activities for schools to learn from and addresses such questions as: Why personalise learning? What is personalising learning?

Standards Site: Pupil Voice themes:
Included here is a number of digests on pupil voice research, including one on ‘Pupils as partners in learning’.

Teachers TV:
This website includes videos of how special schools have enabled pupils to express their choices about their lives and learning. It also has links to various support materials.

Unit 7.2: Learning and Teaching Languages

CILT sites

This is the website for the National Centre for Languages and National Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research.

CILT Cymru:
Following a number of pilot studies, the National Centre for Languages in Wales has recently published ‘Getting Started’: Guidance to Support the Introduction of a Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.

SCILT (Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research):
The revised Scottish curriculum — A Curriculum for Excellence — is currently being finalised, but languages provision generally starts later in P6 (Year 5 in England).

NICILT (Northern Ireland CILT):
The Department for Education (DENI) has recently commissioned a study to develop a languages strategy for Northern Ireland.

CILT Primary Languages:
This website provides information on training, continuing professional development, regional groups, networking, resources, ideas for best practice and links to many other sites and sources of practical information and support.

Other sites

Asset Languages:

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF):
Here can be found the following three reports:

  • Cable, C., Heins, B., Driscoll, P., Mitchell, R. and Hall, K. (2008) Language Learning at Key Stage 2: A Longitudinal Study, DCSF-RBX-08-08
  • Driscoll, P., Jones, J. and Macrory, G. (2004) The Provision of Foreign Language Learning for Pupils at Key Stage 2, DfES Research Report RR572
  • Lines, A., Easton, C., Pullen, P. and Schagen, S. (2007) Language Learning at Key Stage 2: Findings from the 2006 Survey, DfES Research Brief RBX02-07
  • Edelenbos, P., Johnstone, R. and Kubanek, A. (2006) The Main Pedagogical Principles Underlying the Teaching of Languages to Very Young Learners, Final Report of the EAC 89/04, Lot 1 Study, European Commission

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

Language Investigation:
This is an alternative approach to language teaching developed in Coventry LA that takes account of the needs of non-specialist teachers.

Language of the Month:
This website offers free resources for promoting language awareness, including videos of children teaching their home languages, resources for putting up language displays and a booklet with 100+ ideas for celebrating community languages.

My Languages Portfolio:
This is a junior version of the European Language Portfolio developed by the Council of Europe.

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) Implementing Languages Entitlement in Primary Schools: An Evaluation of Progress in Ten Pathfinder Schools:

‘Our Languages’ project:
The ‘Our Languages’ project is a DCSF-funded initiative to develop greater synergy between language teaching in mainstream and complementary schools.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) Schemes of Work for French, Spanish and German at Key Stage 2:

Welsh Language Board

Unit 7.3: Creativity in the Classroom

Education Act 2005:

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

Jeffrey, B. (2005) Final Report of the Creative Learning and Student's Perspectives (CLASP) Research Project: A European Commission Funded Project Through the Socrates Programme

NACCCE report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education:
(Note that the spelling of ‘alloutfutures’ in the url is intentional.) The National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education published this report in 1999, making recommendations for a wider national strategy for creative and cultural education.

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) Creative Partnerships: Initiative and Impact:

Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) Expecting the Unexpected:
In 2003, Ofsted conducted this survey to identify good practice in the promotion of creativity in schools.

Unit 7.4: Thinking Skills

Accelerated Learning in Training and Education (Alite):
This site contains information on Alistair Smith's approach to accelerated learning.

This site offers advice and guidance on how technology can be built into teaching and learning.

Brain Gym:
This site focuses on the physical skills involved in learning.

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC):
This site provides curriculum materials for engaging young people.

Primary National Strategies:

Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education (SAPERE):
Visit this site for more on Philosophy for Children.

Unit 7.5: Gifted and Talented

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF):
By typing ‘gifted and talented’ into the search box on the DCSF home page, over 100 links to information on identifying and teaching the gifted and talented are available.

Excellence in Cities:
This web page has details of the Gifted and Talented Children Policy.

Unit 7.6: E-Learning

BBC Schools:
This website contains quizzes, games and other activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 learners.

Becta's ‘Schools’ section offers advice and guidance on how technology can be built into teaching and learning.

espresso education:
The London Grid for Learning ‘espresso education’ web pages contain modules covering the major faiths. Follow the links under RE to ‘Faiths’.

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS):
This provides data, every four years, about international trends in mathematics and science achievement.

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