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Research School Network: Making Connections – Evidence to practice A growing series of A4 one-siders helping you towards putting evidence into practice

Making Connections – Evidence to practice


A growing series of A4 one-siders helping you towards putting evidence into practice

These one side pdfs are designed to support the professional learning of busy teachers, TAs and learning mentors by bringing together and connecting a selection of well respected evidence based resources.

Open the pdf, click on the links, download the resources (guides, podcasts, papers, posters) and use them to grow your understanding of this vital human characteristic for the benefit of your teaching and pupils’ learning.

Working memory and instruction1

Typical behaviours of children with working memory issues

We can observe the following behaviours in pupils who may have working memory issues when they:

  • Forget some or all of the words in a sentence or a sequence.
  • Are unable to follow instructions, or can only remember part of the sequence or content.
  • Repeat and/​or skip letters and words while writing a sentence or by omitting a large part of a task.
  • Give up on the task completely.

These are signs that the pupil’s memory may be overloaded. Working memory issues can occur in pupils with specific learning difficulties, acquired brain injury and autism, although not all pupils with special needs will have working memory problems.

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MAKING-CONNECTIONS-4-DfE-Pupil-Premium.pdf

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