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Research & Development Training 2017

Research & Development Training

LLF TSA and North Lincolnshire LA areworking with two of the five national Research Schools - these five schools (across England) have been designated as focal-points for education research with the aim of supporting other schools in their region. The three year funding (£2.5m) from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the York-based Institute for Effective Education (IEE), was announced last month.

Huntington Research School, York, has been designated as the Research School for the Yorkshire and Humber region, and will seek to provide exciting training programmes for prospective school Research Leads. Research Lead training is an opportunity for school leaders and lead practitioners to gain invaluable training on evidence-based practice, to use evidence to enhance school leadership decisions, and to lead, or support the leadership of high quality continuous professional development.

The programme, beginning in January 2017, is designed to support schools to meet the new Department for Education Teachers’ Professional Development Standard, and it is being led by one of the DfE’s expert group leads, Alex Quigley. The DfE Standard outlines five critical aspects to professional development that ensures we can best support our teachers to improve and it guides the structure of this training programme for Research-leads. One fundamental part of great CPD, as stated by the DfE, is that “professional development should be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise” that is “prioritised by school leadership”.

This programme will help school leaders to interpret and use robust research evidence so their school can make better decisions that impact on student outcomes and also help schools better manage their budget in challenging times.

The Benefits

  • Sources of robust evidence on teaching, learning and school development with tools to translate the evidence into practice
  • Case studies of school practice linked to research evidence
  • Practical action planning for effective implementation
  • Useable tools for evaluation to measure impact reliably

The training programme will span over two terms, in Spring /Summer 2017, and will include dialogue and collaboration to share and develop expertise across and within schools (from North Lincolnshire and the York area). This programme of training and support is a unique opportunity to receive truly innovative school leadership training as part of a nationally recognised educational development.

This course is designed and led by the leadership team of Huntington Research School:

Alex Quigley

Director of Huntington Research School                                

Member of DoE CPD Standard Expert group

Jane Elsworth

Assistant Director of Research School

Experienced Assistant Head and SLE

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Michael Ogle (School Improvement Officer— Professional Standards)             

Email: Telephone: 01724 297102