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Research & Development

Research sits at the heart of effective professional learning and development for teachers and school leaders. CTSA is committed to providing access to the latest research through its collaborative work, funded projects and CPD programme. CTSA funds membership of The Chartered College for Teaching for key staff in all Alliance Schools to enable them to lead research and innovation in their schools, and on behalf of their partner schools.

“Teachers are working in the most effective, informed way to provide the best possible education for children and young people now, and in the future.” The Chartered College of Teaching vision  

Current projects Developing Mantle of the Expert

As a whole school pedagogy, 9 CTSA schools are currently engaged in an exciting year long CTSA funded project to develop Mantle of the Expert as a whole school approach. Working with Luke Abbott, renowned international MoE expert, participant schools are engaging in joint training days and in-school side-by-side teaching and observation sessions in smaller ‘triad’ groupings. The year long programme will culminate in a final conference to be held on 4 July 2019, where participant schools will showcase their practice. The Alliance will then have access to a unique and rich group of expert practitioners who will be able to support a wider network of schools and teachers.  

Creating Real Writers and Mathematicians

Who are real writers and real mathematicians and what do they do?  What are the ‘tools’ and core skills that writers and mathematicians routinely use?  How can we deepen thinking in writing and maths?  How can we apply this understanding to raising attainment for our learners, enabling them to flourish as writers and mathematicians? These core questions are the focus for the 7 Alliance schools currently engaged in a year-long professional learning, research and development programme funded by CTSA. Each school will carry out focused research using the Lesson Study model, with the outcomes being shared across CTSA via a presentation day in July 2019.  

Research bursaries

From summer term 2019 Alliance schools will be provided with the opportunity to bid for funding to carry out focused research and development projects on behalf of partner schools. The outcomes of this research will then be made available to all member schools, to support the development of evidence-informed practice and innovation. Watch this space for more information.  

Previous projects

Supporting Schools to Improve outcomes for Children in Care ‘Closing the Gap: Test and Learn’ – a CUREE funded research project led by Natalie Hawkes, Alliance SLE and Head of School at Newlands Spring Primary School. Practicing Philosophy – Researching how Peer Assisted Learning in a Virtual Learning Environment can impact on Critical Thinking. Led by Gemma Woolley, Alliance SLE and Head of Humanities at Chelmer Valley High School.

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Tracy Goodway

Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance
Newlands Spring Primary School
Dickens Place
Newlands Spring
Essex CM1 4UU
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