Alex Quigley

Quality research is no guarantee of classroom success

Schools are littered with the skeletons of vaunted ideas that fall flat in the classroom, notes Alex Quigley, who suggests using the EEF’s implementation checklist

Quality research is no guarantee of classroom success

Even in the best conditions, getting new teaching and learning ideas to work in schools can prove devilishly difficult. With the new-found limitations of Covid, the challenge of making a positive change is clearly harder than ever. So are we destined to be stuck in our current state with no innovation in sight?

We could turn to “safe bets” – high-quality research that seems an easy win. However, the school-improvement graveyard is littered with the skeletons of ideas stacked with the promise of strong research evidence. You could cite assessment for learning (AfL) in that group, or the ...

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