Jim Heal (English Teacher and Behaviour & Discipline SLE) describing the use of Harkness to develop Independent Learning

zEngaging with Research and Evidence in School: What's the point?

Date & Time: What is the purpose of R&D in schools and how can it make a difference?
Tuesday 8 March 2016
13:30 - 17:30

Engaging with and in R&D in schools
Thursday 5 May 2016
10:00 - 16:00

Implementing a sustainable evidence informed approach
Friday 17 June 2016
13:30 - 17:30
Event Type: 3 part course
Event Format: Workshop
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: £552 WCTSP members
£690 non members
Event Focus Categories: Research
Event Subject or Topic Area: Research
Target Audience: Those aspiring to and/or currently engaging in school-based research
Event Description:

If you want to learn what it means to develop and embed an evidence-informed approach in your school, then this opportunity is for you.  The Wellington College Teaching School Partnership and the UCL Institute of Education are working together to offer this 3 part programme.

It is designed to enable you to introduce, or consolidate, a research and development culture and capacity. Between sessions, you are encouraged to apply your learning through collaborative, practice-based enquiries centred on issues of strategic importance to your school.

"By collecting better evidence about what works best, and establishing a culture where this evidence is used as a matter of routine, we can improve outcomes for children, and increase professional independence." - Ben Goldacre reporting to the DfE (Building evidence into education).

Session 1 (Course Lead: Vivienne Porritt, UCL IOE)

  • Why engage with research in schools?
  • Challenges and opportunities.What is the value of an evidence-informed approach and what does it look like?
  • Developing a strategic R&D focus.
  • Inter-sessional activity: auditing your current reality in relation to R&D; gathering baseline evidence.

Session 2 (Course facilitator: David Godfrey, UCL IOE)

Engaging with research

  • Sourcing, exploring and applying high quality research in your context

Engaging in research

  • Refining a R&D focus –what difference do you want to make?
  • Exploring and designing appropriate research tools and approaches
  • Sharing and interrogating baseline data
  • Inter-sessional activity: implementing a cycle of R&D

Session 3 (Course Lead: Vivienne Porritt, UCL IOE)

  • Implementing change
  • Supporting teacher development and school improvement
  • Knowledge creation and mobilization: sustaining change
  • How to evidence and evaluate impact
Event Outcomes:

  • Design and lead R&D activity
  • Develop a culture of research engagement in your school
  • Explore implications for professional learning
  • Draw on, and apply research and evidence in innovative ways
  • Understand why to engage with research in schools
  • Appreciate the value of an evidence informed approach

Course Leader 1: Vivienne Porritt (Director fo School Partnerships at UCL Institue of Education (IOE))
Passionate about developing sustainable relationships between schools, networks and the IOE, Vivienne is focused on helping educators design and embed a research and evidence-informed approach to professional and leadership development. She works with schools and national agencies to develop greater clarity in their approaches to these areas, and specialises in the strategic leadership of professional learning. Vivienne supports schools to adapt a practical approach to impact evaluation and to engage with and in research, through collaboration.
Course Leader 2: David Godfrey (Research Officer)
David Godfrey (UCL Institute of Education) Research Officer
No of Participants: 20
SPONSOR/PARTNER UCL Institute of Education
UCL Institute of Education


The Wellington College Teaching School Partners