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Each LLF TSA Action Group  focused specifically on leading Research and Development (R&D) projects which will benefit the work and reputation of the TSA, the education and engagement of teachers, support staff, leaders and governors, the achievement of learners and the delivery of inspirational training and support.

Each R&D project was established according to the relevant Action Group’s terms of reference and the requirements of the TSA’s strategic and operational plans, which are determined by the TSA’s Strategic Board and Alliance Partnership Management Group.

Any R&D project, established or approved by the relevant (ITT, CPD, Leadership Development, School-to-School Support or Governance) Action Group, has been conducted on a “Test & Learn” basis with the intention of “improving practice and improving the attainment of every learner” (ref: LLF TSA vision statement).


To deliver the aims of the Teaching School Alliance, Research & Development projects  have focused on improving practice & attainment in one or more of the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Governance

Each project has been undertaken for the benefit of all learners within the schools, colleges and academies of North Lincolnshire and beyond.

Principles and Standards

The TSA’s Research & Development projects have been conducted and delivered in a professional manner in line with the policies, processes & protocols of Leading Learning Forward TSA namely to:

  • be outward facing, with honesty, trust and a shared moral purpose to get the best possible outcomes for all of our children and young people;
  • recognise, aspire to, celebrate and achieve excellence for all of its members;
  • be self-improving, focused on improving outcomes for all stakeholders and achieving excellent value;
  • be committed to effective CPD development that has the most impact on classroom practice and progress of students;
  • create a local, regional and national model of excellence which is innovative and impacts positively on educational landscape;
  • be rigorously focused on quality assurance standards and progress. 


The Alliance Partners Management Group (APMG) invited ideas and suggestions for R&D projects from the leaders and members of partner organisations and action groups and thus:

  • established an annual TSA programme of R&D projects and case studies
  • ensured that each action group maintained a programme of R&D projects/case studies according to an agreed timetable.e

Content and format of LLF TSA case studies

The case study projects were presented to the TSA March conference in the following format:

  • A PowerPoint project presentation of inspiring practice within TSA partner organisations which provides evidence of improving the effectiveness of the teaching, leadership and/or governance for and within the organisation(s)
  • An A4 summary written by the researcher/presenter of  the case study title/question/issue, methodology, project outline, recommendations and conclusions including contact details for further information or event bookings

19 March 2015