CEO Research Roundup

CEO Research Roundup: 21 October 2019

I am delighted to be sharing this fortnightly news and insight blog, offering short summaries of the latest news and studies, reports, and opinions across the education arena. If there is a topic, report or event you would like QELi to explore, please email your thoughts to

Neil McDonald
Chief Executive Officer, QELi

Research in Education

The STEM Wrap

The STEM Wrap is a free newsletter to be launched very soon through Women’s Agenda. The newsletter will be dedicated to women in STEM with the latest news and views, profiles, Q&As and curated career opportunities. Find out more here

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Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the ABC series, ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’, put it on your ‘to do’ list! The documentary series tracks a unique social experiment that brings together elderly people in a retirement home with a group of 4-year-olds. An inspiring documentary for all ages that explores authentic connection, compassion, wisdom and empathy.

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Meet the other Greta Thunbergs at the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit

Greta Thunberg, Jamie Margolin, Alexandria Villaseñor and Isra Hirsi are part of a youth movement taking leadership on climate change. This article from Grist explores some of the lesser known ways they are enacting leadership, finding their voice and demanding to be heard.

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Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Evidence for Learning is pleased to release their second Guidance Report, ‘Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants’. This Guidance Report is primarily relevant to principals and other members of the leadership team in both primary and secondary schools who are involved in the resourcing and deployment decisions for Teaching Assistants. The guide offers seven practical evidence-based recommendations arranged in three sections to help schools in maximising the impact of TAs. Read more here.

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Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools

The Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) free email series is about to launch a new series, ‘Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools’. This guidance challenges the notion that literacy in secondary school is solely the preserve of English teachers or literacy coordinators. The emphasis on disciplinary literacy makes clear that every teacher communicates their subject through academic language, and that reading, writing, speaking and listening are at the heart of knowing and doing Science, Art, History, and every other subject in secondary school. Find out more here.

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