Insights and briefings

  • Computer game improves primary pupils’ arithmetic

    3 September 2012

    Much has been written about the benefits of using computer games in school. Many teachers have been won over, but there has been little hard evidence to back up their enthusiasm.  Until now.  Our rigorous research shows that a commercial game, Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training, can improve the speed and accuracy of primary children’s number […]

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  • The Achievement Gap

    3 September 2012

    The Achievement Gap: Are parents or polIticians responsIble? Parents have long heeded the call to get involved in their children’s learning. But how effective is their support? Do disadvantaged parents stand a chance of narrowing the UK’s notorious achievement gap between their children and the offspring of wealthier families?

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  • The Secrets of Supplementary School Success

    3 September 2012

    Many minority ethnic pupils struggle in mainstream schools. Concern about these children’s chronic underachievement led to this study of the 2,700 Saturday or supplementary1 schools set up by their parents and communities. Usually free and run by volunteers, the schools aim to preserve a community’s heritage and raise the attainment of its children. Not only […]

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  • Violence in UK schools: what is really happening?

    1 February 2011

    Newspaper reports frequently tell us that behaviour in UK schools is getting worse. Bullying is commonplace, they say, and teachers are harassed and abused on a daily basis. Internationally, according to some experts, violence in schools is a serious and growing problem. But what is the evidence? Are schools in the UK really becoming more […]

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