Our Research School
As a Research School our core purpose is to:
- share and disseminate the very best of evidence-informed practice to schools and teachers across the south of England
- Help teachers and leaders to mobilise the research evidence that is out there, into their classrooms.
- provide evidence-informed training around a range of themes.
- host conferences and events
- support schools, Initial Teacher Training and Teaching Schools in the region
- develop innovations that help improve practice in the classroom, so that all of our students get a great education.
- provide training and facilitate collaboration for ‘Research Leads’ in schools.
We are very proud to take a role in supporting a school-led system as part of a dynamic network across the region and the country. Working closely with the Institute for Effective Education and the Education Endowment Foundation, alongside a range of higher education institutions and many forward-thinking schools and teachers across the United Kingdom, we will support the aim of developing an evidence-based profession that sees teachers empowered by accessible tools based on research evidence.
As well as offering arrange of training programmes, twilights and conferences here at Durrington (see our events page) and keeping you informed about our activity via our newsletter (sign up here) we also offer a variety of ways in which we can work with you:
We can deliver bespoke INSET presentations for schools on a range of themes. For example:
- Growing a culture of great teaching.
- What does it mean to be evidence informed?
- Six evidence informed principles of effective teaching.
- Lessons from cognitive science – improving memory.
- A whole school approach to literacy.
Whether it be at school staff meeting, or to SLT or if you are an ITT provider, to trainee teachers, we can give talks on a variety of topics. In the past, we have talked to SLTs about why an evidence informed approach is important and how a Research School can support your work. We have talked at school staff meetings about our ‘6 principle’ approach to teaching and to trainee teachers about using evidence in the classroom – sources of evidence; mobilising evidence in the classroom; carrying out their own enquiry projects. With the experience we have in our team though, we can cover most topics, so do please let us know what you are looking for.
Whilst we host twilights here at Durrington, we would also be happy to host one at our more local schools, for staff in your school as well as your family group of schools. These are one hour sessions, after school, led by somebody from the Research School Team. You invite your colleagues and provide a venue/refreshments etc and we will deliver the session. Again, these could cover a range of themes, for example:
- Using the EEF toolkit
- Developing literacy through explicit vocabulary instruction
- Improving memory
- How to implement any of the EEF guidance reports.
- Using the EEF Implementation guide.
- Improving attendance.
This is not an exhaustive list. If there is a topic you are interested in, just let us know.
Feedback from teachers in schools where we have delivered roadshows:
“I found the session extremely useful. It was very clearly explained – with good examples and good pace. One of the best Monday or Inset Day CPD external sessions we have had.”
“I thought it was one of the best CPD sessions we have had. It wasn’t all new but it was a timely reminder of some really important stuff alongside some really interesting ideas about how to implement strategies to help students to be able to retrieve information from their memories.”
“Appreciated the fact that the findings were firmly rooted in research which saved me a lot of time collating and summarising. In terms of what was most successful for memory recall, there were useful tips, so I could focus on some techniques and discard others because the returns are slim.”
If you are trying to find useful research evidence on a specific theme, or have a general question about research evidence, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We can work with school Senior Leadership Teams or other teams within schools to help them address any issues they may be facing, using an evidence informed approach. This might include:
- Helping school teams to get a better understanding of what being ‘evidence-informed’ means and why it matters.
- Reviewing their current practice and suggesting changes for them to consider.
- Looking at how the research evidence could help them to address a specific issue that is relevant to their context.
Please feel free to email us with enquiries about any of these services and we will get back to you regarding availability and costs.
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Shaun Allison – Director of Research School
Chris Runeckles – Assistant Director of Research School
Fran Haynes – Assistant Director of Research School
Andy Tharby – Research lead
Lisa Edwards – Executive Assistant to Research School