Evidence into Action
Ep 9: Effective Professional Development

Ep 9: Effective Professional Development

November 30, 2021

The EEF has released a brand new episode of ‘Evidence into Action’, our podcast which explores important areas of educational research, and how it is being put into practice in schools. In this new instalment, our expert panel discuss the key insights from our recent guidance report, ‘Effective Professional Development’.

Regular host Alex Quigley is joined by our new maths content specialist, Kirstin Mulholland, in discussion with:

Harry Fletcher-Wood, author and researcher at Teacher Tapp (Start – 22:09);
Helen Bellinger, Director of Doncaster Research School (22:09 – 38:00); and
Tom Martell, Director of Shotton Hall Research School (38:00 – End).

Ep 8: Unpicking the updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit

Ep 8: Unpicking the updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit

October 7, 2021

The EEF has released a brand new episode of ‘Evidence into Action’, our podcast which considers specific areas of educational research and its implications for classroom practice. In this new instalment, our expert panel explore the newly updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit.

Regular host Alex Quigley is joined by the EEF’s Head of Synthesis, Jon Kay, alongside:

  • Professor Steve Higgins, lead author of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and Professor of Education at Durham University (Start – 28:09);
  • Sarah Green, Assistant Headteacher, National Oracy Leader, Evidence Lead in Education and EEF Literacy Content Specialist and Julie Kettlewell, Assistant Director of Huntington Research School, Memory and Metacognition specialist, Psychology teacher and EEF Content Specialist for Learning Behaviours (28:09 – End).
Ep 7: Cognitive Science in the Classroom

Ep 7: Cognitive Science in the Classroom

September 15, 2021

Today, the EEF has released the latest episode of ‘Evidence into Action’, our podcast which considers specific areas of educational research and its implications for classroom practice. In this new instalment, our expert panel explore the findings from our recently published evidence review, ‘Cognitive Science in the Classroom’.

Regular host Alex Quigley is joined by assistant headteacher and literacy specialist Caroline Bilton, in discussion with:

  • Dr Thomas Perry, lead author on the EEF’s recent ‘Cognitive Science in the Classroom’ evidence review, educational researcher and lecturer at the University of Birmingham (Start – 28:09); and
  • Mark Miller, Headteacher at Bradford Research School and Dixons Trinity Academy. (28:09 – End)
Ep 6: Teacher Feedback to Improve Pupil Learning

Ep 6: Teacher Feedback to Improve Pupil Learning

July 21, 2021

In this latest episode, our expert panel examine the recommendations from our recently published Feedback guidance report and explore the implications for teaching practice.

Regular host Alex Quigley is joined by Joe Collin, EEF programmes manager, in discussion with:

  • our team of content specialists, assistant headteacher and EEF literacy specialist Caroline Bilton, secondary school chemistry teacher and EEF science specialist Dr Niki Kaiser, and secondary school maths teacher and EEF maths specialist Simon Cox; (Start – 21:44);
  • Clare Christie, primary school maths teacher and Specialist Leader of Education; (21:44 – 39:41); and
  • Corinne Settle, Senior Education Lead at SSAT. (39:41 – End)
Ep 5: Developing oral language

Ep 5: Developing oral language

July 7, 2021

In this instalment, hosts Alex Quigley and, EEF programme manager, Sarah Tillotson, are joined by guests including programme developers, speech therapists and school practitioners, to discuss oral language interventions and how to successfully implement them schools.

  • Gillian West, Lecturer at the University of Oxford Department of Education; & Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Associate Research Director at the National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR) explore the development of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI), along with the research on the impact of the Covid pandemic on young children. (Start – 38:12);
  • Caroline CoyneJoanne Burr & Rhian Owen - all part of Communicate SLT CIC - discuss the Leading Language and Loving It programme and approach. (38:13 – 55:34); and
  • Charlotte Hardwick, a teaching assistant at Settrington Primary School and Rebecca Austwick, headteacher at Bentley High St Primary in Doncaster, explore the process of developing pupils' oral language and implementing NELI successfully in schools. (55:35 – End)
Ep 4: Exploring the complexities of reading comprehension

Ep 4: Exploring the complexities of reading comprehension

June 8, 2021

In this episode, regular host Alex Quigley is joined by Caroline Bilton, assistant headteacher at Cragside primary school and the EEF’s literacy specialist, to discuss teaching reading comprehension with our expert panel:

  • Professor Kate Nation, experimental psychologist and expert on language and literacy development in school children, explains the process of learning to comprehend text; (Start – 19:43);
  • Hydeh Fayez, Year 5 teacher and evidence lead in education, highlights the importance of exposing children to high-quality texts; (19:48 – 31:41); and
  • Stella Jones, Director of Teaching and Learning at Tower End Associate Research School, describes her school’s approach to improving pupils’ reading fluency. (31:48 – End)
Ep 3: Setting pupils up for success in maths

Ep 3: Setting pupils up for success in maths

March 23, 2021

In this instalment, host Alex Quigley discusses best practice in maths teaching, from establishing strong foundations in the early years, to making purposeful use of pupils’ misconceptions:

  • Simon Cox, EEF maths specialist and current secondary school teacher, discusses how maths teaching has changed in recent years and the importance of assessment (Start – 15:07);
  • Craig Barton, author and educational podcaster, highlights the importance of misconceptions and how they can be effectively tackled; (15:08 – 41:47); and
  • Fliss James, Early Years teacher at East London Research School, Specialist Lead and Evidence Lead in Education, explains how to cultivate a deep, holistic understanding of early mathematical concepts. (41:48 – End)
Ep 2: Managing Behaviour and Building Habits

Ep 2: Managing Behaviour and Building Habits

January 26, 2021

In this episode, host Alex Quigley investigates the evidence on supporting pupils to form effective learning behaviours - both in-school and at home - with our panel of experts:

  • Kirsten Mould, EEF learning Behaviours specialist and current secondary school SENCo, explains how positive behaviours and routines underpin successful learning, in and out of the classroom (Start – 12:05). To find out more about learning behaviours, read Kirsten's EEF blog.
  • Harry Fletcher-Wood, author, researcher and associate dean at Ambition Institute, highlights the importance of embedding habits in sustaining pupils’ engagement with their learning; (12:05 – 28:03). To find out more about habits of success, read Harry's blog.
  • Jenny Thompson, principal of Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford and behaviour advisor to the Department of Education, discusses the way in which shared language and culture set standards for behaviour within her school’s community. (28:03 – End). Hear more about the culture in the Dixons Trust here.

There is also a range of support resources for schools given the challenges of Covid-19 here.

Ep 1: Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils

Ep 1: Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils

November 30, 2020

This episode focuses on how schools can ‘Make the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils’. We explore the big picture of the challenges faced by disadvantaged pupils.  

Host, EEF National Content Manager, Alex Quigley, talks first to Natalie Perrera, Executive Director and Head of Research at the Education Policy Institute. He then speaks to Professor Becky Francis, the CEO of the EEF, before hearing from Sonia Thompson, the headteacher of St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, in Birmingham.

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