Parental Engagement

Bridget Cox, Assistant Headteacher at The Blue School, considers Recommendation 1 of the recently published EEF guidance report “Working with parents to support children’s learning” and offers examples of some of the work carried out over the past year at The Blue School where we have thoroughly reviewed how we work with parents. […]

Posted on 12 December 2018
Posted in: Blog, News

New guidance on working with parents

The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest guidance report - Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning - reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers four recommendations to support parental engagement. […]

Posted on 7 December 2018
Posted in: Evidence

South West Early Years Communication and Literacy Conference

What does the evidence suggest is good practice in developing communication and literacy? There are many communication and literacy initiatives already employed in schools and nurseries; this conference is the culmination of a West Somerset programme to help EYFS teams map out what is working in their environment, what has impact and what doesn’t. When and Where? •The Dunster Tithe Barn •Monday 29 April 2019 […]

Posted on 23 November 2018
Posted in: Events, Training/CPD


Those of you familiar with the EEF’s Teaching & Learning Toolkit will know that feedback is one of the areas that can have the greatest impact on student progress. Feedback is important, but how can we ensure clear and precise feedback is consistently given by all teachers in all subjects? […]

Posted on 19 November 2018
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P8 figures – what do they really mean?

Progress 8 is the latest in a long line of attempts to create a single figure that sums up a school. Simplification has its obvious downside. The breadth of a school experience is extremely difficult to condense and there are school leaders worried about how their schools will be judged as a consequence of a fall in their P8 figure. However, we have been given an opportunity to use the evidence and help both ourselves and those judging us. Above all, we need to give these numbers meaning. […]

Posted on 5 November 2018
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Brett Kavanaugh, Expected Behaviours and the Importance of Intrinsic Rewards

I hope you are paying attention to the ongoing saga over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the prospective Supreme Court judge in the USA. There is something very big at stake with Kavanaugh’s nomination. As a key member of the nine-justice Supreme Court, he will have influence over fundamental decisions on rights and liberties. His appointment, once confirmed, is for life. This, therefore, really matters. […]

Posted on 2 October 2018
Posted in: Blog