A message from Matt Dunkley CBE:
4 April 2019 weekly update
4 April 2019
This week, Matt shares the latest Education Endowment Foundation guidance report on using digital technology to improve pupils' learning.
Latest EEF guidance report on using digital technology to improve pupils' learning
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have published their latest guidance report Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning.
As technology advances at lightning pace, it can be tough for schools to work out which innovations to commit their scarce time and resources to. That's why they have produced this guidance report; to support Headteachers and senior leaders to make better-informed decisions, based on the best available evidence currently available.
The report includes a number of practical examples of technology being used in ways which:
- support improved teaching - e.g. by increasing the accuracy of teacher assessment
- improve pupil learning - e.g. by increasing the quality and quantity of pupil practice.
It offers four clear and actionable recommendations to improve how technology is used in your setting, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.
Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning is the tenth guidance report published by the EEF focused on a range of high-priority issues for senior leaders - the previous reports are:
- Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1 and in Key Stage 2; and Preparing for Literacy
- Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 and 3
- Improving Secondary Science
- Putting Evidence to Work - A School’s Guide to Implementation
- Metacognition and self-regulated learning
- Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants
- Working with Parents to Support Children's Learning.
I encourage schools to use these and the EEF’s other key resources in your school improvement planning:
- Teaching and Learning Toolkit - an accessible summary of the international evidence on teaching 5 to 16 year-olds, used by up to two-thirds of all schools.
- Assessing and Monitoring Pupil Progress - a guide to help track pupils' progress and assess their mastery of knowledge and concepts.
- Promising Projects - those EEF-funded projects which have demonstrated promising findings when first trialled.
These resources can make a real difference to your pupils’ learning.
If you would like to learn more about the EEF, or if you have any questions or comments about their work, please do not hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am happy to announce that the EEF will be presenting at my Summer Headteacher Briefings - dates to be announced soon.
I hope you and your staff have a relaxing and restful Easter break.
Matt Dunkley CBE
Children, Young People and Education