We strongly believe that Action Research is the best way for classroom-based staff to develop their practice. We also believe that professionals should have the flexibility to investigate areas of teaching and learning which are both pertinent to their own context and of interest to them.
Therefore in 2015-16 all of our classroom-based staff (which includes our Learning Support Assistants, Cover Supervisors and teachers) are working on self-set Action Research projects which are aimed at enhancing their classroom practice. We have worked closely with the University of Cambridge’s CamSTAR (Cambridge School Teachers And Research) group to design our Action Research Programme. The 2015-16 model was developed based on evaluations of the successful 2014-15 Programme from both the University and our own internal staff survey.
We also believe that the work carried out by individuals in our school in both classroom-based and leadership-focused research undoubtedly helps to improve our school. As a result of this, staff who wish to pursue research are supported, both through timetable release and financially. Several staff have recently completed master’s degrees, through the University of London’s Institute of Education, the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. We are always keen to hear from colleagues who are interested in pursuing a Higher Degree.