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How can we improve teaching and learning in schools?

Economic & Social Research Council

Britain's biggest-ever programme of education research has found at least some of the answers, and is sharing them with every school in Britain.

Principles into Practice, a new publication from the Teaching and Learning Research Programme, will be sent out to all schools over the next few days. It sets out the 10 principles for effective teaching and learning which the TLRP has drawn up on the basis of over 20 research projects looking at all levels of school education.

Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the TLRP, said: "Effective teaching and learning enables children to perform well at school. It also shows them how to be effective learners throughout life. Our research projects have looked at consulting pupils to improve motivation, using assessment to support "Learning How to Learn," managing classroom groups to produce collaborative skills, structuring the curriculum to achieve intellectual challenge, using new technologies to expand understanding, and making use of knowledge from beyond school in more constructive way. Principles into Practice explains how these methods work and gives case studies of their successful use.

"If we want confident learners for the future we have to rethink teaching, learning and assessment"

As well as research reports and case studies, Principles into Practice includes a DVD of classroom activities and interviews illustrating the research, and a staffroom poster of the ten principles for effective teaching and learning which TLRP has developed.


Principles into Practice can be found as a PDF on the TLRP website, at

rofessor Andrew Pollard, TLRP Director, Tel: 07974 963439
Professor Mary James, TLRP deputy director, Tel: 0770 205 9805
Martin Ince, TLRP media contact, 0771 939 0958

Danielle Moore on Tel: 01793 413122 or email:


1. The TLRP ( is the UK's largest-ever research programme on education at all phases of life and the biggest research programme managed by the Economic and Social Research Council. TLRP's budget is some £38 million from 2000 to 2011. Of this, half comes from HEFCE and the remainder from UK governments and research councils. TLRP welcomes media inquiries about its work via Martin Ince.

2. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. It supports independent, high quality research relevant to business, the public sector and voluntary organisations. The ESRC's planned total expenditure in 2007/08 is £181 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and research policy institutes. More at

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