Teacher as Researcher

During this summer term our teachers are using their time to develop the repertoire of pedagogical approaches they are using within their delivery: reading about different intervention methods, testing them within their classrooms and measuring, where possible, to see if there is an impact on student outcomes. It has been exciting to see questionnaires going out to both students and staff and clear evidence of all of our teaching body, whatever their career stage, engaging with developing an informed approach to what does and what does not work within their lessons.

I was talking to one teacher who had reported an 87.5% improvement in HPA boys’ attainment across three Pre-Public Examinations over the year. This teacher had used strategies to develop the approach to the green pen tasks within lessons to extend the learning post exam, based on their reading of the case studies in

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“Our strategy should therefore be to make the best choices we can from the best evidence available, to try it out, with an open mind, and see if it works. If it does, we can keep doing it; if not, we will learn from that experience and try something else.”
- Professor Rob Coe ResearchEd conference July 2016

On 10th July as a school we will be sharing the impact of our research in a collaborative CPD session and I know I am looking forward to hearing what other teachers have read, tested and reflected upon this year.

Lindsay Waggitt