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Learning from what doesn’t work in the classroom

Unsuccessful initiatives tell us as much about what works in the classroom as triumphs, says Megan Dixon

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If we are honest, most of the shiny initiatives we start in the frantic hamster-wheel of school improvement don’t make much difference. Hopefully, they are a little bit better than what came before. But, despite our best intentions, quite often they are not. In fact, only about 20 per cent of the trials that the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) commissions have a positive outcome in favour of the idea.

Despite this, a lot can be learned from every evaluation. They can point to what not to do (at least in the way that was tested), as much as what we should do.

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