What Works in Education with Lee Elliot-Major

In this podcast I am joined by the UK’s first Professor in Social Mobility, co-creator of the EEF’s Toolkit for Learning & Teaching and co-author of What Works? in Secondary Education, Dr Lee Elliot-Major.

We discuss his career to date, social mobility and what schools can do to tackle this and his new book which he co-authored with Professor Steve Higgins What Works?

Lee also shares his experiences to date and also his wishes for the future of Education.

My conversation with Lee lasted for over an hour and it was a great privilege to chat Education with Lee. I distilled dour conversation into the 40 minute extravaganza you can listen to on this page.

The questions that I asked Lee are as follows, please note that not all questions asked are featured in this episode:

Lee, could you share a little bit about yourself and your career to date?

Why is social mobility low in the UK, what can education/teachers do about this?

You co authored ‘What Works?’ with Steve Higgins. How did you come to write the book?

You raise a good point in your bananarama principle. Could you share what this is and how it is important?

In your research what has the biggest impact on learning?

An unexpected finding from your research is that feedback can also make things worse for students. What should teachers focus on when providing feedback?

You have a chapter about teaching assistants, an important role in classrooms, how do we utilise them as teachers to ensure the very best possible outcomes for young people?

You found that homework has low impact on learning for primary pupils why is this? follow up: what are the keys to setting effective homework in secondary school?

A lot of subjects still set classes using their prior level of attainment. You call academic setting “education’s zero sum game”. What have you found regarding setting classes like this?

A leadership tip from this chapter is to assign the most effective teacher to the lowest set. We call this our wicked issue. Due to attainment being a key indicator we often put our most effective teachers with our senior classes to ensure good grades and leave our least effective teachers with the lowest sets. What do you say to this?

You say all pupils can benefit from learning how to work together using pedagogical approaches like cooperative learning. How true is this and what should teachers consider when planning to use cooperative learning?

You mention a study that showed 10 months improvement from combining sports and intensive teaching. As a physical education teacher could you share more about this?

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