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The five principles of teacher enquiry

Action research
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.

In great schools, everyone – teachers and students – comes to school to learn, and everyone can make a contribution to teaching.

Many studies tell us that the best way to bring about school improvement is through the professional development of teachers. The Sutton Trust (1), for example, notes that with effective teaching pupils can gain an extra 1.5 years of learning. As such, investing in teachers as learners is one of the most effective ways to improve outcomes.

At the same time, the Education Endowment Foundation’s Pupil Premium Toolkit tells us that peer-teaching, pupils acting as teachers, can be an extremely powerful way to promote learning. 

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