A Review of the Sutton Trust Report – What Makes Great Teaching?

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what works

The 15 minute forum tonight was led by Andy Tharby.  Andy was sharing some of the key points from the Sutton Trust report – what makes great teaching? The full report can be downloaded here.

“This report reviews over 200 pieces of research to identify the elements of teaching with the strongest evidence of improving attainment.”

“It finds some common practices can be harmful to learning and have no grounding in research. Specific practices which are supported by good evidence of their effectiveness are also examined and six key factors that contribute to great teaching are identified.”

What has the strongest evidence?

  1. Teachers’ content knowledge (strong evidence): teachers must have a deep knowledge of the subjects they teach and, crucially, must understand how students think about the subject and identify students’ common misconceptions.
  1. Quality of instruction (strong evidence): this includes strategies such as effective questioning and assessment…

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About Andrew Warner

Mostly English teacher, AHT (T&L/literacy/CPD) & bibliophile. Irregular examiner, MTBer, armchair anthropologist & bassist. Fascinated by language & behaviour.

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