Best Practice

How to develop a school culture of research

Principal Linda Marshall discusses how we can support our teachers to carry out research and build a culture of evidence-based practice across our schools.

Ten years into my teaching career, I decided I wanted to return to professional studies, and began to enquire about an MA. During an informal chat I was asked “what are you reading at the moment?” “Postman Pat’s Windy Day” was my glib response! I left the meeting embarrassed that I hadn’t read a research paper since joining the profession in 1982. The reality of life as a full-time teacher, mother and relatively new leader, meant that research and development was far removed from the daily grind of school. 

Fast forward to 2002 – I had the opportunity to leave teaching and work for an educational publisher as a full-time trainer and facilitator. For the next four years, I learned from, and worked with, some of the prominent educational thinkers and researchers at the time. 

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