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The updated EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit: what has changed?

The EEF have just released their updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit this morning, designed to support teachers in applying effective teaching and learning strategies in the classroom. The Toolkit is used by 70% of school leaders to guide their teaching and enhance student learning, and we at InnerDrive can see why. The Toolkit is food for thought, challenging current teaching strategies by backing up new approaches with current research.

Given the impact that the Toolkit has on the education landscape, we immediately wanted to dive into the changes. So, let’s take a closer look at what updates they have made…


Share the benefits of retrieval practice across your school community

There are many ways to carry out retrieval practice, which is the act of recalling information from long-term memory, from multiple-choice quizzes to past papers, in order to improve learning. It is a powerful teaching and learning strategy, not a formal assessment strategy.

It is important that classroom teachers have secure knowledge and understanding of cognitive psychology principles, research findings and classroom applications when it comes to retrieval practice. However, it doesn’t stop in the classroom: there are many benefits to helping everyone in the school community to find out more and be aware of what retrieval practice does, and how it works.


Ensuring you keep retrieval practice low stakes in the classroom

A recent research study explored both beneficial and detrimental effects of testing as a learning strategy, wanting to answer the following question: is retrieval practice a double-edged sword?

Here’s why it could be one: there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that retrieval practice is an effective strategy to enhance long-term memory and learning, but it involves regular testing. The latter can be stressful for students, which can have a negative impact on their memory and learning, defeating the purpose.

However, there is one crucial factor of harnessing the benefits of retrieval practice whilst avoiding detrimental stress associated with testing: ensuring retrieval practice tasks are low stakes. Below are five suggestions for you to ensure retrieval practice in your classroom is low stakes…


Start the academic year with this five-step study plan

The start of the academic year is the perfect time to start a conversation with your students about how effective study strategies can help them become independent learners. This is not to put pressure on students to revise but instead do the exact opposite: help with organisation and confidence.

Kate Jones has created the below five-step plan to share with your students to support their studies. It can be adapted across a range of subjects and used with learners of different ages.


Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

We’ve all read self-help books that are meant to improve our confidence and self-esteem. While these books can be helpful, it’s great to balance them…