Podcast 59: Does Misdirected Effort Increase Teacher Workload?


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Lee Elliot Major

Joshua McGovern

Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working... Read more about Joshua McGovern

Do schools set homework just for the sake of it, and does it lead to unintended workload for everyone?

Our 59th interview is with Lee Elliot Major, a professor of practice at the University of Exeter and is thought to be the world’s first professor of social mobility.

In this podcast, listen to Lee and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • Lee’s disrupted education journey and the teachers that tried to help him
  • Explore the idea that individual success is the result of “collective endeavour”
  • Lee’s work with The Sutton Trust and creating the EFF ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit
  • Reflects on how sometimes evidence-informed research can be misinterpreted
  • Explain why he believes that a school’s ‘best’ teachers should teach lower set classes
  • What Lee wants to see addressed in state schools and his latest book, ‘What Works?
  • Hear Lee’s reasoning for supporting ‘mixed method’ research
  • How ‘misdirected effort from teachers’ can increase their own workload
  • and finally, what projects Lee is working on right now.

Listen to the podcast

Remember, our podcast is available on iTunes!

You can follow Lee on Twitter and grab a copy of his new book, What Works? – a summary of research and hard evidence of teaching. You can also watch Lee in his TED talk video discuss his life in education.


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