‘What Works Well’ case studies

These case studies were published on the National Strategies’ ‘What Works Well’ website. They share real examples of how learning and practice has improved through Lesson Study.

The DCSF Leading Teacher programme from 2008-11 encouraged teachers to write case reports in the WWW format, and a number of these are included as examples on this page.

Essex LA strategy support teacher programme: Using Lesson Study to improve practice and progression

A case study showing how this very large LA developed Lesson Study through their Leading Teacher programme.

Using lesson study as a whole-school approach to improving guided writing

This case study explores how middle leaders can support each other through collaboration and discussion, and how Lesson Study improves subject knowledge and pupils’ learning.

Raising pupil attainment in number calculations in Year 6 (particularly low achievers)

This case study shows how skills in written calculation (multiplication) were improved through Lesson Study.

Improving mathematics through a Lesson Study approach to collaborative CPD

This case study shows how Lesson Study improved pedagogy, and secured real progress for pupils struggling with some aspects of mathematics.

Essex Lesson Study: Improving writing using Talk for Writing non-fiction texts

Partner teachers choose to use non-fiction texts and ‘Talk for Writing’ approaches as a focus for their lesson study.

Using models and images to support learners with English as an additional language

This Lesson Study focused on the impact on learning of providing children with practical models and images to support understanding of fractions.


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