The characteristics of excellent schools and teachers

The characteristics of excellent schools and teachers

A new report from Pearson, Exploring Effective Pedagogy in Primary Schools: Evidence from Research, builds on the findings of the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) study. The researchers looked at practices in 125 English primary schools.

Standardized assessments were used to measure children’s academic attainment in reading and math in Years 1 and 5 (Kindergarten and fourth grade). Classroom practices and processes were studied using two classroom observation instruments.

The researchers identified 11 pedagogic strategies that were important in good schools: organization, shared objectives, homework, classroom climate, behavior management, collaborative learning, personalized teaching and learning, making links explicit, dialogic teaching and learning, assessment for learning, and whole-class teaching. In addition, teachers in excellent schools excelled in organizational skills; positive classroom climate; personalized highly-interactive approaches to teaching and learning; use of dialogic teaching and learning; and more frequent and effective use of the whole-class teaching.

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