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What Works Well – Sharing practice to improve learning

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Case studies of effective practice - written by people like you!

What Works Well (WWW) is a growing database of case studies that describe learning improvement. Teaching practitioners from all phases and areas of education can share accounts of real developments which have improved learning and teaching, and made a difference to pupil progress. What Works Well case studies support practice transfer and include sufficient detail and resources to enable others to implement the effective practice described. What Works Well case studies are located in the Case studies area of this site; they are identified by a What Works Well icon. From the Case studies page, use the Advanced search to select only What Works Well case studies. 

Note that some of the case study pages have more than one tab - e.g. the 'What' page has tabs for Intentions, Teaching approaches and CPD approaches. Don't miss these - they contain the most useful information.

Bookmark the case studies you'd like to return to, or download the pdf and save on your own computer.

Could you help the knowledgebase grow by adding your case study? Log in, go to the case studies tab and click  'Add a case study' to get started.  Authors enter their case study by completing a template of questions and uploading their own files. What Works Well Coordinators support authors in contributing case studies; you can contact them with any query about your case study or the website. (Further guidance on adding a case study is offered in the Related Links box on the right.) The template is designed to reveal sufficient detail to enable a reader to understand what was done, assess its impact on learning, and implement ideas and practice in their own context. Authors can invite others to co-author their case study, enabling collaboration. The case studies remain the property of their authors.

Planning your own development project? The What Works Well format can help you plan, record and evaluate. See Attachments on the right.

What Works Well case studies can be used to support the development of practice in your own context.  Practical guidance on how to do this (Using What Works Well case studies to develop effective practice in own context) and templates (Review of case studies and Review of case studies: Plenary outcomes) can be downloaded from Attachments on the right.

What Works Well began in November 2007 on its own website, where it grew to 200 case studies. In August 2010, the What Works Well case studies became part of the National Strategies Case Study area. It continues to grow as more users add their own case studies.  Visit the Case studies area, explore and contribute!

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