Research and Development

As an organisation, we are committed to and recognise the importance of teachers and leaders being involved in the understanding, use and development of research to improve aspects of teaching and learning and leadership. As a result of our belief in the power of shared discovery and the opportunity to find the best teaching and leadership practice, all new initiatives have a rigorous evaluation focus. We also draw on external expertise from other professional organisations, including the University of Nottingham. Staff undertake research and development activities, sharing learning that will contribute to our alliance schools’ ambition to continually improve teaching and learning opportunities for all pupils.

What makes good Pedagogy?

During the course of the last academic year, five primary practioners led school-based research considering, “How do we increase pupils’ independence and engagement with learning?” .Three schools within the Teaching School Alliance participated in this pedagogical research and looked in particular at  the following questions:

How can we use thinking skills activities and 'Talk for Writing' approaches to increase high attainers’ independence and engagement with comprehension? – Dunkirk Primary School, Alice Elsmore.

How can we use the development of approaches to purposeful and exploratory talk to increase pupils’ participation and engagement with learning? – Huntingdon Academy, Becky Riley.

How can we use ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to impact on higher attaining children’s attainment in writing? – Huntingdon Academy, Ellie Jackson.

How can we use ‘Thinking through Philosophy’ to impact on children’s ability to answer inference questions in reading? – Huntingdon Academy, Kyley Hudson- Scott.

What strategies can we employ to increase pupils' independence and engagement in mathematical problem solving? – St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Rebecca Want.

Initial Teacher Training also focused their research projects on these themes to further disseminate ideas how pupils independence and engagement can be increased across Alliance Schools.

Teachers who have participated in the research have reported that their findings are already impacting on how they promote pupil independence in their classrooms. The reports can be accessed through the members' log in.

You can read the reports by the National College which collates research findings from teaching schools across the country on great pedagogy and great professional development including L.E.A.D. Urban Teaching School Alliance's contribution here