Proposed Research

We are currently seeking schools or individual teachers who would like to participate in the following research projects.

Spelling Project

The spelling content within the national curriculum contributes significantly to pupils’ success in writing. However, there is little guidance on what actually works or how pupils actually learn to spell successfully. Some schools appear to be further on than others, reporting success by ‘making sure that there is a consistent approach to spelling across the whole school’ and ensuring ‘the application of spelling rules into written work and applying rules to other words.’ But is the consistent application of spelling rules the only answer? Are there other factors in play? Are there other reasons why some pupils appear to quickly grasp and understand spelling rues, while others struggle?

The Beechwood Teaching School Alliance Spelling Project aims to use enquiry based research to improve the impact of spelling provision in primary schools by:

 

Identifying the key components which affect pupils’ spelling knowledge.

Developing a strengthened working understanding of how pupils are expected to build their spelling knowledge and accuracy progressively.

Auditing the impact of alternative models and approaches for teaching spelling.

The project will run in conjunction with our Spelling Training Programme but is open to participation to anyone who has an interest in improving the impact of spelling provision.

If you would like to participate in our spelling research project please enquire here:

 

Maths Fluency Project

It is generally accepted that accuracy and speed are crucial for developing maths fluency, but how are these successfully learned by pupils? Many schools approach this through the rote learning of number facts, but research shows that successful mathematicians owe their success to a well-developed ‘Number Sense’. What makes children who grasp number sense concepts rapidly so successful? How can we nurture these successful strategies so that they are developed explicitly in all children?

The Beechwood Teaching School Alliance Maths Fluency Project aims to use enquiry based research to improve pupils’ maths fluency in primary schools by:

 

Identifying the key components which affect pupils’ development of maths fluency.

Developing a strengthened working understanding of how pupils progressively learn basic number sense.

Auditing the impact of alternative strategies for developing maths fluency.

The project will run in conjunction with our Basic Skills Maths Training Programme but is open to participation to anyone who has an interest in improving our understanding of pupils’ learning of maths fluency.

If you would like to participate in our maths fluency research project please enquire here.

 

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