Case Studies 2015 - 16

KS3 Research Project 2015 - 2016

Research Informed Schools

During the academic year 2015 / 16, Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance, alongside the Herts and Bucks Challenge Partner Hub, agreed to complete a research project into assorted Key Stage 3 issues. This was completed in conjunction with the University of Hertfordshire.

The aim of the programme was to create and support a community of education practitioners who use enquiry to improve and develop KS3 practice in our schools. Practitioners worked in partnership with schools across the TSA and Hub.

Professional learning and development of practice was achieved through micro Action Research Projects undertaken in a range of schools. Collaboration across our schools established a learning community where learning was disseminated and will, we trust, be sustained over time as more and more practitioners are drawn into the activity. We aim to embed successful change in school practice through sharing learning within a practitioner’s own school.

Thus, schools worked on their own Action Research Projects whilst having the benefit of a group of peers to challenge, critique and support their work. Each school initially identified a broad aim that could be translated into a series of micro projects or a more specific focus that they wanted to explore and develop. All the projects started with an exploration of what was happening currently – perhaps using existing documentary, attainment or other data, as appropriate.

Through our slides (See Completed Research Projects), you are invited to find a flavour of the project work completed and key findings. If you are interested in learning more about any of the projects, please contact Paula Moore at Herts and Bucks TSA in the first instance.

MA and MEd Research

The Alliance would consider supporting a range of Masters-based courses offered by universities. These frequently centre on school-based practice and would contribute to both personal career progression and the development of good practice in the post graduate’s school. The following universities involved with the Alliance all deliver Masters in Education:

  • Brunel University
  • Institute of Education, London
  • King’s College, London
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Hertfordshire

Beyond the full Masters qualification, the Alliance also seeks to sponsor school-based research as part of the progression for teachers following their Newly Qualified Teacher year. Hence during the second, third or fourth year in teaching, research opportunities are available. Teachers complete an agreed research programme that is accredited by a university as having module points which will contribute to a full Masters qualification.

Completed Research Projects

The final presentations for the KS3 Research Project 2015 – 2016 can be found on this page in pdf format.



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