All impact case studies (education and learning)

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Pupil writing

Improving literacy with grammar methods

A decade of research into the development of writing in school-aged children led by Professor Debra Myhill has shaped national and international policy, improved children's writing abilities and changed classroom practice.

Surgeon

Improving surgical training

Findings from research on how surgeons interact are being used to improve surgical training, and implemented In 'Training the trainers' surgical courses.

Children and literacy

Helping parents with children's literacy

Practitioner workshops enabling parents to raise children's literacy achievements has resulted in around 300 practitioners getting involved, between them reaching 6,000 families.

Teacher and pupil

Investigating school rankings

Dr John Jerrim's research on England's ranking on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) table has reframed the debate on school pupils' academic achievement.

Teacher and pupils

Teacher quality and performance pay

Research by Richard Murphy on teacher quality and the effect on pupils influenced the Education Secretary's decision to open up for performance-related pay for teachers.

Chalkboard small

Improving the school league tables

Recommendations from the ESRC Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) to improve school league tables were adopted by the Department for Education and implemented in 2011.

Echoes project

Helping children with autism

ECHOES, a virtual learning environment developed by ESRC-funded researchers, has improved autistic children's engagement and communication, and changed teaching practice in several UK schools.

Podiatrist

Improving vocational skills training

A research collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service identified key characteristics for vocational excellence - improving the selection process for the WorldSkills Competition.

Primary school children

Social science impact on the Sure Start initiative

Social science underpinned by ESRC support played a major role in establishing and delivering the Government's Sure Start initiative in 1999, which aimed to provide integrated early years services for disadvantaged groups.

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