Research and development is recognised as a core aspect of school improvement and innovation.
The Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance recognises this as a key driver and enabler for all aspects of the teaching school alliance work. The establishment of a research culture has shown to be necessary to support leaders and teachers in understanding research engagement and connecting research with everyday practice.
Teaching school alliances are developing their expertise in evidence based teaching. They are exploring different approaches to embed it within their schools and alliances.
A key principle of in-school research is that there must be real benefits for pupils. Research must focus on improving pupil outcomes and must be forward thinking, improving skills and experiences of staff.
Within the Alliance there are a number of school based research and development projects in place. Schools also join with university partners to engage in national enquiry.
In 2015/16 Ealing Primary Teaching School Alliance worked with the IOE to introduce the Lesson Study approach into Alliance schools. Twelve Alliance schools engaged and produced findings from the study at the end of the academic year. This year the work continues with these schools embedding the process as part of their school development plan. In order to support further research using this approach and to share the good practice with more schools, the Alliance and the IOE are training 5 lead teachers as Specialist Leaders of Education in this area.