Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald share how an enquiry culture was established within their Teaching School and its Alliance.
Jane Flood explores the wide range of factors which influence teachers’ engagement with research, and the dynamic relationship between knowledge mobilization and impact on pedagogic practice. She concludes by providing a practitioner’s checklist to help make research engagement a reality.
Kulvarn Atwal became head of Highlands Primary school in east London in September 2012. At the time, the school had just received a Requires Improvement rating from Ofsted. By the end of the year, pupil progress at Key Stage 2 was in the top 3% of schools nationally; by the end of the second year, they were in the top 1%. When Kulvarn took over, he firmly believed that by developing teachers within an expansive and collaborative learning environment, teachers will have the confidence to innovate and develop their practice. The simple premise was that through the empowerment of staff, children would flourish and their learning would accelerate. In this article he describes why he decided to create a dynamic learning community and considers the impact on staff.
The push for more and better school-led research to improve practice and children’s learning has never been stronger. But many are skeptical about its value.Tim Cain investigates its current role and reception at the coal face.
Jonathan Sharples and Julie Nelson describe their investigation into teachers’ research engagement. They reveal that, whilst teachers are positively disposed to research, a great deal remains to be done to establish a genuinely evidenced informed culture in schools.