Between 2013 and 2015, the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance was successful with three bids to complete research on behalf of the National College for Teaching and Learning. These were:
‘Closing the Gap: Test and Learn’
…a two year project using randomised controlled trials to evaluate the effectiveness of particular interventions in closing the attainment gap for the most disadvantaged students. This project started in the autumn 2013.
St Joan of Arc Catholic School completed a 12 week study focused upon Year 7 students who were identified as needing special help with reading, spelling and comprehension. Using targeting skills and paired reading and spelling, with help from 6th Formers, it gave the students confidence with the English Language. Spellings from the work they were reading and constant questioning about the subject material reinforced everything they were reading about. Some students managed to achieve 2/3 years progress in the 12 weeks of targeting.
‘What makes great pedagogy?’
…an Alliance network national theme that focused on a range of topics relating to good practice and was carried out between a range of Alliance secondary schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The project started in autumn 2013 and the following web site gives further information:
‘Developing local systems approaches to identify early indicators for School to School Support’
…started in Autumn 2013, the project considered the most effective approaches to establishing the need for schools to receive support. The project considered different structures, communication, data analysis etc. to facilitate early and effective intervention to assist school improvement.
For further details on all R & D projects contact:
Attached is a pdf research project relating to ‘Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Teachers’ involving Dr Josie Valentine and Ms Claire Robins.
Also attached is a paper relating to ‘School Support - Early Intervention for School Improvement’.