Evidence based teaching project
In September 2014, SETSA become a partner in the National College of Teaching and Leadership's EBT-ACCESs programme. This is a two year research project to identify ways of developing evidence based teaching (EBT) practices in schools. The aim of SETSA’s initiative is to develop an effective local network of EBT and research-engaged Alliance members that enables schools to enhance existing practice collaboratively. The initiative is being supported by Manchester Metropolitan University.
What is evidence based teaching?
EBT is an approach to education where methods of teaching recommended for use in the classroom are based on significant and reliable evidence. In other words, it is about teaching in ways that have been shown to help learners progress most.
Why should teachers be evidence informed? What does this mean?
“I think there is a huge prize waiting to be claimed by teachers. By collecting better evidence about what works best, and establishing a culture where this evidence is used as a matter of routine, we can improve outcomes for children, and increase professional independence.” (Building Evidence into Education - Ben Goldacre)
“Effective use of evidence and research has enormous potential to help schools and teachers improve educational standards and outcomes for pupils. It offers a way to make more informed decisions, to understand the impact of change and improve professional development of teachers.” (National College for Teaching & Leadership)
“Very rarely do teachers talk about their teaching; it’s all about curriculum, assessment and students. Too many teachers believe the essence of their profession is autonomy. We hardly ever get together and look at each other’s teaching. That is a major hindrance in working collectively. I can’t imagine many other professions where that happens.” (John Hattie)
Evidence based teaching – want to know more?
There are numerous sources of information on evidence based teaching. The following are particularly recommended as starting points:
John Hattie’s influential book ‘Visible Learning’ and its accompanying website: visible-learning.org
Geoff Petty’s book on evidence based teaching has many practical strategies that have been proven to work: geoffpetty.com
The Institute for Effective Education produces a fortnightly briefing summary of new educational research: ieeyork.blogspot.co.uk
A 6000 strong network of EBT teachers: www.ebtn.org.uk
SETSA's role within the NCTL's national project on evidence based teaching has been developing well. There have been a number of new initiatives including a well-received training session during the collaborative INSET day at Belfairs Academy on 13th February, the setting up of an EBT-dedicated Twitter feed (@SETSA_EBT) and a cross-partnership questionnaire survey. A poster display about the project was also presented at Billericay TSA's research and development event. In addition, there has been close collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University on how to create a network of evidence informed teachers which has led to a sharing of ideas and resources with other Teaching Alliance's across the country.
The next step is to build closer links between schools within SETSA so please contact Matthew Shepherd (email@example.com) if you are interested or would like to know more.