Building high-Performing and Improving Education Systems: Leadership

This review looks at key aspects of policy and practice relating to headteachers: their changing role; management of supply; recruitment; performance management; training and development. Many of the policy documents and much of the recent literature talk about ‘leadership’ when discussing the role of headteachers and principals of schools. The word is also used when… Read more




Building High-Performing and Improving Education Systems: Curriculum and Assessment

This Review deals with the structure and contents of the curriculum, together with curriculum delivery, including time spent on teaching and learning, the relationship between school structures and the curriculum on offer as well as teaching. It also deals with assessment. The section on assessment discusses the purposes of assessment, its timing and methods, as… Read more




Girls’ Education in Uganda: potential options for support by DFID Uganda

This report describes the Ugandan context and the educational context within. Under-funding, rapid expansion and inadequate management have led to low and declining education outcomes for girls and boys. DFID’s aim is to improve education for all children within DFID-supported schools, and reduce gender barriers to girls’ participation and achievement. Support from DFID can help:… Read more




Development of Early Grade Reading Primers – some practical tips for programme development

Recently, the HEART team received a request to investigate the practicalities of developing an early grade reading primer programme for a country with low levels of literacy and educational infrastructure. Experts in the field of literacy, children’s book publishing, and programmatic distribution were consulted and their responses synthesised into a guide. Below are a few… Read more




Attracting and Retaining Teachers

This helpdesk report is on the topic of “attracting and retaining teachers” and aims to address what works to attract competent people into the teaching profession and how to retain teachers and ensure that they attend school regularly and teach effectively.  The report is structured into sections covering the issues of teacher recruitment, retention, attendance… Read more




An Expansion of a Global Data Set on Educational Quality: a focus on achievement in developing countries

This paper assembles a panel data set that measures cognitive achievement for 128 countries around the world from 1965 to 2010 in 5-year intervals. The data set is constructed from international achievement tests, such as the Programme for International Student Assessment and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, which have become increasingly available… Read more




What is the relationship between school leadership and variation in learning outcomes?

These helpdesks were designed to enable an extensive search for evidence on various methods for improving learning.  There are a series of six similar reports, each is based on an edit of a literature search for their chosen method.  After the initial search had been done the search fields were expanded to include further search… Read more




Availability of school performance data and learning achievement

These helpdesks were designed to enable an extensive search for evidence on various methods for improving learning. There are a series of six similar reports, each is based on an edit of a literature search for their chosen method. After the initial search had been done the search fields were expanded to include further search… Read more




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