The Power and Limitations of Evidence for Classroom Practice

A new book highlights research-based evidence of what actually works in classroom practice. Lee Elliot Major and Steve Higgins explain the research and show how the main issue in teaching is not what you do, but how you do it.

The ‘Bananarama Principle’ is named after Bananarama and Fun Boy Three’s 1982 hit single ‘It Ain’t What You Do…..’1 The chorus states ‘it ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it’—and it’s essential advice for educators acting on the findings of research. This guiding law came to life in 2011 when we launched the Pupil Premium Toolkit.2

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