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The latest information from BES about using evidence to accelerate improvement in education.

Lessons from abroad

 Dr Ashley Lenihan, Fellow of the London School of Economics,  makes recommendations about effectively promoting evidence-based policy. See her perspective on the BES Programme on page 10 of Lessons from Abroad.

04 December 2013  

 


BES Resources

 Check out this powerpoint on using BES resources to develop more inclusive educational practices.

08 October 2013 

 

 

Counter-Bullying Pedagogies

 Check out our new BES Spotlight on Counter-Bullying Pedagogies.

Most student bullying is invisible to teachers. Real change requires teaching approaches that build students' skills for caring learning communities.

24 September 2013 

 

‘Bobbie maths’ featured in Edgazette

Dr Bobbie Hunter has been working with  Mangere East Primary school on the highly effective approach to mathematics teaching featured in  BES Exemplar 1- Developing communities of mathematical inquiry.

Read the article on the Education Gazette website.

 

 

10 July 2013 

 

 

What's new for cases

 The BES cases are now up online for all to use.

These cases describe actual examples of professional practice and explain the findings. These cases support educators to grasp the big ideas behind effective practice at the same time as they provide vivid insight into their application.

Building as they do on the work of researchers and educators, that has been shown to make a difference, the cases are trustworthy resources for professional learning.

Browse all the cases here.

27 June 2013

 

School Leaders value the BES Exemplars/Ngā Kete Raukura

The BES Exemplars were introduced to school facilitation teams at Te Kotahitanga hui in April 2013.  They created this slideshow to capture the positive feedback from leaders and teachers.  The waiata was composed and sung by Katarina Reedy, Te Kotahitanga Facilitator, Lytton High School.’

BES Exemplars explain educational approaches that have outstanding results in areas of need and policy priority. They were developed in consultation with teacher unions and leaders’ groups. BES Exemplar 2:  Ripene Āwhina ki te Pānui Pukapuka explains a highly effective approach for accelerating progress in te reo Māori. This exemplar features the work of Te Kotahitanga Director, Dr Mere Berryman.

BES Exemplar 5: Learning Logs highlights a way to enable students to draw upon teacher feedback and feedforward  to accelerate their learning – a win/win for teachers and students.

 

School Leaders value the BES Exemplars/ Ngā Kete Raukura from BES Programme on Vimeo.

15 April 2013

Understanding Teachers’ Learning

The University of Sussex, the University of Oxford and the  Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) hosted a series of seminars  on ‘The Evidence for Understanding Teachers’ Learning’ early last year.

This work informed the 2013 International Summit on the  Teaching Profession which was attended by officials from New Zealand’s  Ministry of Education and Education sector. This work examines social as well  as academic outcomes with a central focus on responsiveness to diversity.

They have shared some really interesting presentations  online. Check  them out here.

NZ’s own Professor Helen Timperley, from the University of  Auckland, was interviewed by CUREE about  the use of research and evidence in informing educational practice in 2009.

28 March 2013

Spotlight on Mathematics/Pāngarau: new web page

How does the system support teachers to improve achievement in mathematics/pāngarau?

This page brings together a range of trustworthy resources designed to help those interested in improving students' achievement levels in mathematics/pāngarau.

Check it out here

22 February 2013

 

Order BES Exemplars for 2013

 Order free hardcopies of Best Evidence Synthesis Exemplars/ Ngā Kete Raukura here or check out our online copies.

Hard copies of the BES exemplars/Ngā Kete Raukura and the BES Findings Overview are available free for schools and teacher educators in New Zealand.

The exemplars are ‘wonderful, user-friendly resources to help our teachers’ (Intermediate School Principal, Wellington) and the BES Findings Overview is ‘like gold to schools’ (DP Primary School, Dunedin).

4 Feb 2013

 

 

Podcast on the use of evidence in policy

 Advancing the use of evidence to improve educational policy and practice:
David Gough Professor of Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice, University of London

Watch the podcast here

 


The Use of Evidence to Improve Education and Serve the Public Good

Invited BES Seminar, University of Cambridge

This seminar, given by Adrienne Alton-Lee, explores the challenges of mobilising research and development to inform ongoing improvements in valued outcomes for diverse (all) learners across school systems. The Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) Programme is charged with developing trustworthy bodies of evidence about what does and doesn't work in education. The seminar will consider the significance of a new BES innovation - BES exemplars. These have been developed in response to feedback from practitioners about what they need to support their use of evidence to accelerate improvement. This seminar identifies key messages that can be used to inform effective use of evidence in the service of educational improvement for the public good. Adrienne Alton-Lee is the Chief Education Adviser for the New Zealand Ministry of Education's Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) Programme.

pod-cast Podcast: http://sms.cam.ac.uk/media/1341391

powerpoint_icon PowerPoint Presentation [pptx, 6.8mb]

pdf-icon The Use of Evidence to Improve Education and Serve the Public Good [PDF 1MB]

BES Exemplars

Indicator Icon BES exemplars Ngā Kete Raukura are available online.

BES/Hei Kete Raukura Overview


BES / Hei Kete Raukura A3 Overviewpdf-icon   BES / Hei Kete Reikura A3 Overview

A quick introduction to the use of BES/Hei Kete Raukura for educational improvement.
This Overview (1 page - two A3 sides for landscape print) has been developed in response to requests from teachers.

Kia nui ake te whaihua ki ngā hua whai uara mō ngā ākonga rerekura (katoa) i ngā kura: He Tirohanga o ngā kitenga o He Kete Raukura.

Making a bigger difference to valued outcomes for diverse (all) learners in schooling: Overview of Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) findings.

High Impact Research and Development BES Spotlight:

Making a bigger difference for our children. Research and development for educationally powerful connections

This is an interview between Michael Deaker and Dr Mere Berryman, Senior Research Fellow, Te Kotahitanga Research Unit, Waikato University and focuses on key aspects of the development, implementation and evaluation of key tools in the Poutama Pounamu programme. These tools include:

To play this interview please refer to the downloads/links box to the right.

You can read more about the high impact Poutama Pounamu research and development in Chapter 7 of the School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why best evidence synthesis.

Contact BES

If you have any questions about BES, please contact us at:

Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis Programme
Ministry of Education
PO Box 1666
Thorndon, Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Phone: +64 4 463-1542
Email: best.evidence@minedu.govt.nz

Orders

All teachers and people involved in education in New Zealand can order copies of the four most recent BESs directly from:
orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz

Downloads / Links

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