Best of the Best: Progress

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Description Progress is the first of the new Best of the Best series – compendia of the most useful advice from the most celebrated educationalists combined with practical strategies to implement these cross-curricular ideas in the classroom. Includes John Hattie, Robert Bjork, Sugata Mitra, Andy Hargreaves, Teacher Development Trust and more.

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman have curated a collection of inspiring contributions on the theme of progress and have developed practical, realistic, cross-curricular and cross-phase strategies to make the most of these important insights in the classroom for the benefit of all pupils.

Each expert has provided a list of further reading so you can dig deeper as you see fit. In addition, the Teacher Development Trust has outlined ideas for embedding these insights as part of CPD. 

Evidence underpinning this approach

According to the School Inspection Handbook: “In judging achievement, inspectors will give most weight to pupils’ progress.”

Source: The section on Pupil Outcomes, Paragraph 172, August 2015

But how do we really measure progress? How do we know when pupils are demonstrating it? How do we differentiate and allow for learners’ different starting points? Should we be measuring everyone against the average or should we be looking at ipsative progress, where achievement is relative only to the pupil’s personal best? Indeed, if everyone is making expected progress, is that really progress or just doing as expected? Do we need to rethink assessment? Can we really make learning and progress visible?

These are just some of the questions that the educational experts delve into in this first volume in the Best of the Best series. The practical strategies offered by Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman demonstrate how teachers can immediately use these ideas in the classroom. Advice from the Teacher Development Trust demonstrates how to plan sustained and responsive changes to practice based on the book’s key insights.

How users/participants can evaluate success

Best of the Best: Progress is fundamentally relevant to teachers’ daily practice in all phases of education – its discussion of ideas and offering of practical strategies transfers benefits across subject domains in ensuring pupils’ progress is effectively measured and supported in the classroom. 

Follow-up activities and support

Both authors of Best of the Best: Progress can provide training/ follow-up on developing outstanding teaching and learning.

Leah Kirkman is co-author of the bestselling teaching guides Pimp Your Lesson! and Talk-Less Teaching, and is an experienced AST and trainer. Keeping the needs of both the busy teacher and the discerning learner at the heart of all her training, Leah works with teachers both across the UK and abroad developing outstanding teaching and learning.

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Isabella Wallace is co-author of the bestselling teaching guides Pimp Your Lesson! and Talk-Less Teaching, and has worked for many years as an AST, curriculum coordinator and governor. She is a consultant for and contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of Education and presents nationally and internationally on outstanding learning and teaching.

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Contributors include: John Hattie, Geoff Petty, Sir John Jones, Sugata Mitra, David Didau, Mick Waters, Will Ord, Claire Gadsby, Robert Bjork, John West-Burnham, Guy Claxton, James Nottingham, Mark Burns, Martin Robinson, Mike Gershon, Pam Hook and Andy Hargreaves.

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