Research & Development

Improvement Through Collaboration

It aims to provide opportunities for training, sharing expertise and wider dissemination of what works and provide a forum for networking between Teaching Schools and teachers, so they can learn from and with each other.

There are a number of ways a Teaching School can get involved in research and development such as:

  1. Undertaking research and development projects within their alliance to identify and/or help tackle key school improvement priorities.
  2. Participation in one of the three national research and development themes projects for 2012-14:
    - What makes great pedagogy? 
    - What makes great professional development which leads to consistently great pedagogy? 
    - How can leaders lead successful teaching school alliances which enable the development of consistently great pedagogy?
  3. Networking with other Teaching School Leaders, enabling the dissemination of learning from research including attendance at research and development events and participation in the online community.

Teaching schools involved in research and development are expected to:

  1. Show evidence of engagement in research and development which reflects agreed priorities, builds on existing external research/evidence, and contributes towards the alliance's overall priorities.
  2. Ensure that new initiatives within the alliance are based on existing evidence and include a rigorous evaluative focus, drawing on external expertise.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to work with other Teaching Schools on research and development activities as part of regional or national networks where appropriate.
  4. Ensure that existing evidence can be accessed and used by staff and that appropriate staff have the time and support needed to undertake research and development activities.
  5. Effectively disseminate learning from research and development work across the alliance and the wider school system.

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