Action research

Wellbeing research in Australia

14 September 2016

Schools in Australia are embracing pioneering research on pupil wellbeing. Janet Williamson reports on her trip to witness their approaches first-hand


Research and evidence in the classroom

24 February 2016

The number of schools embracing teacher-led, action research is growing. Gareth Mills explores why there is increasing enthusiasm from teachers for an evidence-informed education system and looks at some examples from schools already adopting this approach


Research Insights: Evidence-based best practice from SecEd & the NFER

13 January 2016

Our latest Research Insights articles bring you evidence-based best practice advice and guidance on a range of topics, including the Pupil Premium, science and maths pedagogy, effective alcohol education, work experience and business engagement. Free to download now.




Effective ways to engage with local businesses

19 March 2015

How can schools encourage and support collaboration with SMEs to improve young people’s employability skills and transition into work? Michelle Judkins shares insights from new research.



Research-engaged schools – a self-review tool

26 February 2015

Knowing where to start when creating a research-engaged school is difficult. Getting an understanding of what’s involved and recognising where you are on the journey is crucial. Caroline Fisher advises.


NEETs: Prevention is better than cure

8 January 2015

What is the best way to support students who, for none of the obvious reasons, seem to be switching off from school? Sarah Fleming shares some promising findings from on-going research.



Three case studies of research-engaged schools

13 November 2014

Research is now seen as a vital part of CPD and school improvement. Caroline Fisher talks to three schools to see how they have been involved in research and what it has meant for them.


Tackling bullying: Knowledge is power

6 November 2014

Information – both about national trends and about what is happening in your own school – is a powerful weapon in the fight against bullying. Dorothy Lepkowska explains.



Managing and leading in-school research

26 June 2014

Co-ordinating research engagement on behalf of your school is a sizable responsibility – motivating staff, co-ordinating efforts, finding resources and proving impact. We speak to Sue Hunt about her school’s approach.


What is the purpose of education?

12 June 2014

Confused by the conflicting messages we receive about both the state and the purpose of our education system? Perhaps it is time to go back to first principles to find some clarity, argues Dr Newman Burdett.


Languages keep you sharp in old age

12 June 2014

As concern grows about the decline in the numbers of youngsters studying modern languages at school and university, a new survey has found that people who speak more than one language are more likely to stay sharp in old age.



Teaching strategies to create 'growth' mindsets

8 May 2014

Research has busted the myth that intelligence is fixed and cannot be changed and has put forward a new approach – the growth mindset. Matt Bromley considers how teachers can develop a ‘growth mindset’ culture in their classroom.


Ensuring your careers strategy is effective

1 May 2014

Tami McCrone takes a look at how a new partnership is giving schools clear, practical support to help improve their careers advice services, including the resources to undertake a careers services audit.


Creating a research culture – lessons from other schools

20 March 2014

How can schools develop a research-engaged culture that has a positive impact on teaching and learning? Former teacher and research co-ordinator David Godfrey shares some insights from his PhD work in this important area.


Effective evidence-based teaching

13 March 2014

Anita Kerwin-Nye discusses five things that education networks and groups of schools can do to enable effective evidence-based teaching.


Seeking a NEET solution

27 February 2014

A new research project is investigating what interventions are effective when trying to prevent young people from becoming NEETs. Clare O’Beirne and Eleanor Stevens explain.


Action research fellowships

30 January 2014

Maria Dawes argues the case for teachers taking on classroom research and looks at how the 21st Century Learning Alliance Fellowships could offer vital guidance and support for your project.


The five principles of teacher enquiry

23 January 2014

The best and most effective schools are those that encourage their teachers to continue to learn alongside their pupils using enquiry-based approaches. Gareth Mills offers five ideas to help you embrace this approach.


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