EEF – Improving Secondary Science, September 2018

This guidance is for secondary science teachers, heads of science departments, and senior leaders. The recommendations are designed to be actionable by classroom teachers, but there is benefit in teachers coming together as a department to think about how it applies in their context.

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EEF – Preparing for Literacy Poster

Improving communication, language
and literacy in the early years

EEF, June 2018

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EEF – Preparing for Literacy, June 2018

This is part of a series of reports that the EEF is producing on the theme of literacy. It focuses on the teaching of communication, language and literacy to children between the ages of three and five. However, it may also be applicable to older pupils who have fallen behind their peers, or younger pupils who are making rapid progress. Two earlier reports cover the typical requirements of teaching literacy in Key Stage 1 (ages 5–7) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11).

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Effective Pupil Premium Reviews, February 2018

About this guide.

This guide updates the document originally published by the Teaching Schools Council in November 2014 and updated in May 2016. It offers a framework to help schools and reviewers make the most of a pupil premium review, and so find the best ways to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The guide refresh is based on feedback from experienced pupil premium reviewers and schools. The framework, which can also help schools to develop their strategic thinking, draws on the experience of Sir John Dunford and the Education Endowment Foundation.

The guide again includes a number of case studies that can help reviewers as they visit schools.  The templates for the self-assessment, visit and action plan have been updated and can help schools to create an integrated pupil premium strategy that supports all disadvantaged pupils to reach their potential.

Click here to full the guidance in full.

EEF – Guidance Putting Evidence to Work, February 2018

Who is the guidance for?

This guidance is primarily aimed at school leaders and other staff with responsibilities for managing change within a school.

Teachers may also find the guidance useful in developing a better understanding of how to make practical changes to their classroom practice, as well as their role in supporting departmental or whole-school changes.

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EEF – Guidance on Metacognition and Self Regulated Learning, April 2018

Metacognition and Self Regulated Learning, EEF April 2018, Click here to full the full report 

What does this guidance cover?

This guidance report is relevant to the teaching of all students, within any subject area. Most of the examples included are from Key Stages 1 to 4, where the research is strongest. It introduces a simplified framework for self-regulated learning and metacognition.

This guidance draws on a review of the evidence about self-regulated learning and metacognition led by Professor Daniel Muijs and Dr Christian Bokhove (University of Southampton). It is not a new study in itself, but rather is intended as an accessible overview of existing research with clear, actionable guidance. More information about the review and the process is at the end of the review. Some key references are included here; for those wishing to explore the subject in more depth, the forthcoming report will contain a more comprehensive reference section.

Who is this guidance for?

This guidance is applicable to both primary and secondary schools, and some recommendations may be relevant for early years education

(you may want to review the Early Years Toolkit, specifically the strand on self-regulation strategies, for further guidance CLICK Here to view)

Regional Pupil Premium Reviewer Training, June 2018 at CASSA

Tuesday 26th June 2018, 9.30am for 10-3pm


CASSA- Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance
Linton Village College, Cambridge Road, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4JB


Thurrock Teaching School Alliance has been designated by the NCTL as the regional training centre for Pupil Premium Reviewers for the East of England, and offers training for suitable colleagues who are preparing to undertake Pupil Premium Reviews or for members of SLT who want to understand how the process works and how it can benefit their school.

A training session will be held on Tuesday 26th June, from 9.30 am to 3pm, and takes place at Linton Village College, part of Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance (CASSA).  This session is especially suitable for designated system leaders (NLEs/LLEs), although all colleagues are welcome.

The cost of the training is £250, and this includes lunch, certification and resources. Reviewers will be able to charge for any reviews they undertake.


To book a place on the Tuesday 26th June, please contact Gillian McLoughlin, TTSA Administration Manager, at  or on 01375 486000 ext 609.

 If you require a Pupil Premium Review or are interested in bespoke Pupil Premium training, please get in touch using the contact details above.