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North East Academy teams up with Cambridge Uni in Research

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 11.13.19Teachers at a Northumberland academy are teaming up with one of the country’s top universities to launch a research project into the ‘holy grail’ of children’s learning – making knowledge stick. 

As part of their professional development, experienced teachers at Bede Academy, in Blyth, will be analysing knowledge retention among students.

They will also work on developing strategies to help young people store the information they receive and the skills they learn so they can draw on them in later life.

Dr David Frost, senior lecturer in educational leadership and school improvement at Cambridge University, is visiting the academy this month to help prepare the teachers for their research.

Principal Gwyneth Evans said: “As teachers we are concerned that young people take the knowledge they develop at school, use it to get through their exams and then simply forget it.

“At Bede, we want to invest in the future of our students. We want the knowledge they develop at the Academy to stick and have real, long term benefits for them.

“We have outstanding practitioners at Bede Academy who have chosen this issue for a research project, which we hope will inform the profession and provide useful evidence for further investigation.”

A number of teachers from Bede Academy have been chosen to speak at a national conference at Cambridge University and are taking part in an education conference in Holland later this year.

Miss Evans added: “The project is also an example of how we invest in our staff, giving them the opportunity to take ownership of their own professional development and supporting them in their career progression.”


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