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EEF News Alert
Issue 97: 8 Jan 2021
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A message of support to all teachers and school leaders from our Chief Executive, Prof. Becky Francis 
"This week, with the return of partial school closures, teachers and school leaders are working as hard as ever to minimise the impact of this disruption on their pupils. 

"Throughout these turbulent times, the EEF is dedicated to supporting you in your efforts to meet the needs of your school community.

"It is my hope that our evidence-informed guidance and resources will be of help to you as you strive to meet the renewed challenge of looking after pupils and their families, and facilitating learning during lockdown."
REMOTE LEARNING: 5 key principles drawn from the best available international evidence
Our report, 'Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely', examines the existing research on remote learning, drawn from 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses. We have distilled these into five key findings and implications.
READ / DOWNLOAD 'Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely' HERE
Digging deeper: Live teaching and pre-recorded video lessons – how can we best navigate the evidence?
"Pedagogy trumps the medium. That’s the case whether teaching is live or pre-recorded or a mix of both"

Simon Cox, EEF maths specialist and secondary school teacher, explores the evidence on different approaches to delivering remote learning.

Support resources for schools: Home learning approaches
To help support home learning and maximise the impact of work set, the EEF has produced a range of planning and reflection tools for schools to download and use. Here we highlight a few...
Metacognitive strategies for home learning
Metacognitive strategies will be particularly important for your pupils if you can’t be with them in the classroom. Our 'Home learning approaches' planning framework can help schools create learning sequences while conducting home learning. 

This tool is accompanied by a series of 
worked examples, which cover a range of phases and subject areas, and a blank template to download and edit.  
READ / DOWNLOAD 'Home learning approaches: Planning Framework'
READ / DOWNLOAD the worked examples
DOWNLOAD the blank template
EEF Blog: Five principles to support home learning

'We must accept that home school isn’t school, and some children will find it much harder to learn at home than others. But, if we follow some key principles for teaching and learning, we can be more hopeful that the work we set can support them more effectively.'  READ MORE...
Setting home learning - questions for senior leaders to reflect on
'What arrangements are in place to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, including pupils with SEND and English as an Additional Language (EAL)?' Just one of the questions posed in this 'Linking Learning' resource, building on evidence from five EEF guidance reports:
•    Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning
•    Improving Behaviour in Schools
•    Metacognition and Self-Regulated Learning
•    Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning
•    Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools
READ / DOWNLOAD 'Linking Learning: Home learning support for mainstream schools'
EEF Blog: Supporting the learning of mathematics at home

'What does the evidence suggest might be the most effective ways of working with children at home to develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding, and how does this vary for children of different ages?'  READ MORE...
Parents and carers engaging in home learning: A checklist for schools
This checklist suggests five statements for schools to use when designing ways for parents to access and support their child’s home learning.
Communicating Effectively with Families: Guide for Schools
This guide provides practical advice, including suggested text messages and emails schools can send to promote shared reading, home learning routines, and maths at home.
Supporting parents and carers at home: What schools can do to help
This resource indicates key principles (adapted from the best available evidence) for school leaders to reflect on when considering how to plan, monitor and modify their approach to engaging with parents and carers during school closures.
UPDATED: The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning, 2021

First published in August 2020, and now fully revised, this guide aims to support school leaders with their ongoing plans for the academic year. It proposes a tiered model that focuses upon high-quality teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies to aid school leaders’ existing school improvement efforts. The first edition was downloaded 50,000 times.
READ / DOWNLOAD our 'School Planning Guide 2021'
National Tutoring Programme: update on school contingency plans in light of partial closures
Schools can continue to access subsidised tuition for their pupils through the National Tutoring Programme: '28 out of 33 NTP Tuition Partners are able to deliver tutoring online to pupils in schools and 22 NTP Tuition Partners are currently approved to deliver online tuition at-home in accepted circumstances, including in cases of school closures.'

Research Schools Network: Planning a sustainable approach to remote learning
"A carefully staged ‘marathon’ approach to e-learning during school closures best serves the wellbeing of our students, staff and parents."

Roger Higgins, Director of Norwich Research School, explains how his school approached the task of delivering remote learning during partial school closures in 2020. READ MORE...
Keen to dig deeper?
Get in touch with your nearest Research School HERE