Diary of a headteacher: Inspired and driven by research

Engaging in research has transformed how our headteacher diarist leads his school...

Since becoming a headteacher I have paid more attention to educational research. When I reflect on my early years in the teaching profession, I wonder how I managed to bluster my way through without a real understanding about learning and the most effective methods of teaching.

Maybe, back when my main focus was teaching my own classes, I didn’t have the time to think about how educational research could affect my practice.
It could also be argued that there has been an increase in the amount of research readily available since then (through the development of the Education Endowment Fund, the Chartered College of Teaching and NFER research publications, among others).

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