Hot Research

What can we learn from the latest research findings? Discover if dyslexia is more to do with hearing than seeing, why so many questions in the classroom are not challenging enough, and much more.

There are 23 videos in this series, of which the following 16 are currently available to view online.

5 mins Questions
The late Ted Wragg shares his years of research into question types and reveals that in the classroom, surprisingly, only four per cent of questions asked in Secondary Schools are "higher order" questions, requiring more thought and an extended answer.
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5 mins Parental Involvement
One of the most important findings from recent research: If pupils are to maximise their potential from schooling, they will need the full support of their parents. With a brief look at an initiative to help parents become more effectively involved in their ...
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5 mins Anti-Bullying
Despite every school having an anti-bullying policy, it is still a big problem. This programme looks at new research into bullying that asked children how they think the problem could be tackled better.
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5 mins Good Readers, Bad Readers
New research at Cambridge seems to suggest that problems with reading may have more to do with problems recognising rhythmic sounds, rather than the words on the page.
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5 mins Why Don't Girls Do Physics?
Although equally interested at a young age, the older you get, the more male dominated the field. Research into how girls can be encouraged to take physics at A-level, suggests that we should link it more to the real world.
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5 mins Citizenship
Dr Ruth Deakin Crick of Bristol University has conducted a review of citizenship research where 301 studies into the effectiveness of citizenship teaching were assessed and a shortlist of 14 were analysed in detail.
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5 mins Why Don't Boys Do Well in English?
In the 1980s, the difference in the numbers of girls and boys getting five high grade GCSEs was less than one per cent.
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5 mins Keeping the Attention of the Class
What helps children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can also be useful for children with lesser behaviour difficulties, say researchers.
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5 mins Class Management
Research into pupils' opinions of teachers over the last 70 years has produced amazingly consistent results. Children prefer teachers who are slightly strict, scrupulously fair, treat them as individuals and have a sense of humour, but not one based on ...
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5 mins Thinking Faster
Getting children to think like a scientist, an historian, or a mathematician can really accelerate their development. Encouraging children to question what they know at every opportunity and make them aware of how they think, can also help them do better in ...
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5 mins Assessment for Learning
Teachers who have switched the emphasis away from marking and grading to give comments and feedback are finding that their pupils try much harder. Public exams like GCSEs and A-levels give pupils a final grade, known as summative assessment.
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5 mins Transition
Professor Ted Wragg investigates the latest hot, and often surprising, research into educational matters.
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5 mins Aiming High
Professor Ted Wragg asks if it's discriminatory to fund special help to African Caribbean pupils under the Aiming High initiative to improve self-esteem and learning outcomes.
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5 mins Creativity
"You have to know the rules, to know how to break the rules," says Dr Andrew Burn from the Institute of Education. He's looking into the confusion over whether creativity stems from freedom or whether structure is required before children can produce ...
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5 mins Literacy
Is one method of teaching reading superior to others? According to recent newspaper coverage, a seven year study of children's reading conducted in Clackmannanshire suggests synthetic phonics is the best method.
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5 mins Unforgettable
A poor memory is almost as important as IQ as an indicator of Key Stage 1 and 3 outcomes.
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