We are delighted to say that our school has recently agreed to participate in an
innovative and exciting international study being conducted by the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The TALIS Video Study will
look to improve understanding about which aspects of mathematics teaching
are related to pupil learning and the nature of those relationships. Nine countries
including England are participating in the study (Japan, Chile, Mexico, Columbia,
Spain (specifically Madrid), the US, China (specifically Shanghai), Germany and
England). The study will therefore also contribute to our knowledge of how
teachers teach mathematics in different countries and contexts. England’s
involvement is being managed by Education Development Trust working on
behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and in partnership with Oxford
University. Education Development Trust is a large not-for profit organisation
which transforms lives around the globe by improving schools and school systems
both in the UK and overseas, whilst investing annually in a programme
of educational research.
The TALIS Video Study will involve the videoing of two maths lesson delivered to
a year 10 mathematics class. In addition, both the teacher and their students will
be invited to complete a questionnaire. The student questionnaire will include
questions about their motivation and confidence in mathematics. Students will
also take a mathematics test either before or after the recorded lesson. Your child’s
information will be stored securely and confidentially. Further details on this can
be found in the consent form that pupil’s in some year 11 classes will bringing
home shortly, detailing their participation in the study. We would encourage
all parents and carers to read the forms and sign them to agree to your son or
daughter’s involvement in the pilot video study. In doing so, you will be supporting
important international work on improving teaching quality all over the world and
affecting the educational success/life chances of many pupils of mathematics.
For more information on the TALIS Video Study please contact the Research Team
at Education Development Trust - TALISvideostudy@educationdevelopmenttrust.
com or see the OECD TALIS Video Study Brochure.