Case study:
Improving attainment with digital portfolios at Rosendale Research School

The CLC has a long-standing relationship with Rosendale Research School (part of the Education Endowment Foundation and Institute of Effective Education network of research schools) and we worked closely with the school on a trial that used digital portfolios to support metacognition.

Improving attainment with digital portfolios at Rosendale Research School

Our solution

Metacognition, or ‘learning about how we learn’, is a way of encouraging pupils to better understand how they learn. In conjunction with the CLC, Rosendale developed a programme known as

ReflectED – an approach to learning that teaches and develops children’s metacognition skills. 

ReflectED used technology to enable fast, effective reflections and feedback. iPads sit in the middle of the table and pupils pick them up when they want to record a reflection. They use an app (originally Evernote, now SeeSaw) that gives the teacher access to their catalogue of reflections and allows them to tag their reflections accordingly. Pupils can choose to reflect using multimedia, such as a recorded voice or annotation over an image of their work. The recording lets them hear the expression in their voice, potentially making the reflection more powerful. Reflections can be sorted and stored in an accessible way so that pupils and teachers can easily access their learning journey and revisit their reflections.

What difference did it make?

The first small-scale, randomised trial in 2013 showed that ReflectEd had a positive impact on children’s attainment. Pupils who participated in the study made an average of four months additional progress in maths and developed a more positive attitude to learning compared to the control group.

Following the success of this initial trial, in 2018 Rosendale Primary School began a whole school efficacy trial of ReflectED, once again sponsored by the Education Endowment Foundation. More than 100 primary schools around England have signed up to take part in the new trial and Rosendale has teamed up with University of York, which will be evaluating the impact of ReflectED applied as a whole school intervention on attainment in both KS1 and KS2.


CLC is the best technical and curriculum support team I have worked with in the 15 years I have been involved in education.

- Deputy head and computing subject leader, Rosendale Research School

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The News Project
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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

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