Research &
Development

Research helps teachers reflect on their practice and find ways to improve.  The East Sussex Learning Collaborative Network Research and Development (R&D) underpins our Initial Teacher Training and Continuous Professional Development offer. 

Evidence-informed practice is now understood to be instrumental to school improvement, especially in the context of self-improving schools and the drive for high quality teaching. 

The ESLCN works collaboratively to provide evidence-informed support and training for teachers and school leaders in order to improve teaching and learning and achieve the maximum benefit for all young people.

We work closely with Durrington Research School, the Sussex Maths Hub and the Education Endowment Foundation to provide schools with the best available evidence, to champion innovative ways of improving teaching and learning, and provide expertise in evaluating impact. We’ve selected some recent articles and upcoming events and projects that we think might be of interest.

Educational research at the heart of what it means to be a professional.

The Chartered College of Teaching

R&D projects, events, programmes and resources

Women in Leadership Network

St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance has been leading a Women in Leadership Network, partnering with Kent and Medway and West Sussex and would be keen to encourage participation in virtual meetings to be scheduled for the forthcoming year. Although there is no longer DfE funding we are keen to support women in education.

It is hoped that a third year of an Equality and Diversity grant will be available in the academic year 2020-21 to enable potential women leaders to receive one-to-one coaching, which has been so well received over the past two years building the confidence of participants to apply for promotion.  
Contact ESLCN Chair, Claire Rivers, for details.

Schools Partnership Programme

One of the Education Development Trust’s (formerly CfBT) flagship projects is the Schools Partnership Programme (SPP). This is based around partnerships of 3-7 schools working through a three-part programme involving: self-review; peer review; and follow up school-to-school support.  Our aim is to develop the Improvement Champion Network in partnership with Durrington, to set up a Sussex Network of Champions. Find out more here.

Boys don’t try

Priory School have engaged in research and developments around improving boys’ achievement.  Details of the toolkit that they developed with Heathfield Community College, as well as their programme, workshops and papers for practitioners can be found here.

Leading Learning

Improving the quality of teaching in the classroom has the biggest impact on student outcomes for all students and is particularly important for disadvantaged students. Durrington Research School’s innovative and well-tested training programme provides a comprehensive overview of the most important research evidence connected to effective CPD in education. Starts 8 December 2020. Find out more and book here.

Durrington Research School 2020-21 Three Day Training Programmes

In 2020-21 Durrington are offering seven, three-day training programmes. The Durrington team have recorded short videos, giving an overview of each of the programmes which won’t start until December at the earliest, in order to give schools time to return to normal.

Sussex Maths Hub – Mastery Specialist Programme

Each year, the Mastery Specialist Programme recruits secondary teachers. This programme is aimed at developing the necessary skills and expertise for participants to be awarded the status of secondary Mastery Specialist.

Cohort 3 is fully booked but you can still register your interest for future programmes here.

UCL Centre for Educational Leadership thinkpieces

UCL Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL) thinkpieces are designed to extend criticality and activate knowledge, stimulate dialogue, promote further inquiry and learning, and encourage new and shared thinking that promotes innovative approaches to practice and policy.

Each thinkpiece concludes with questions to aid reflection on current practice, challenge assumptions about the status quo, and encourage deep and meaningful learning conversations that will lead to purposeful and intentional change to enhance policy, practice and students’ and stakeholders’ learning and wellbeing.

The Chartered College of Teaching

Membership to the Chartered College of Teaching is just £1.88 a month and gives you access to all the latest research for the profession.  New teachers have free access to a wide range of invaluable resources on the Early Careers Hub.

Our pick of the latest articles

Coming back stronger: leadership matters

Christine Gilbert, Visiting Professor at UCL Centre for Educational Leadership explores the impact of the pandemic on schools. This thinkpiece is intended to support schools in opening conversations about leadership opportunities to build a stronger future.

Getting transition right

Kirsten Mould’s two-part blog for The Education Endowment Foundation explores the primary-secondary transition.

Latest news from the Maths Hubs Programme

The latest issue of the Maths Hubs’ publication Bespoke, looks at the ways in which hubs adapted their provision during lockdown and how their plans have been adapted for covid recovery.  You can also find video lessons created by Primary Mastery Specialists.

‘Opening the doors to Opportunity’

Gareth Lucas from Sabden Multi Academy Trust, explores removing the barriers to learning from young people who have backgrounds of deprivation and significant social disadvantage and how to enable them to succeed both now and in their future lives. [pdf]

The Art of Getting it Wrong; Or how not to CPD

Zoe Enser is the lead specialist English advisor for Kent working with The Education People. Reflects on her own CPD experiences and compiles a list of her top CPD faux pas.

Anti-racist education resources

The Chartered College of Teaching has pulled together a reading list including resources, links and research to help support educators. Some of the articles and resources have been written or produced specifically in response to recent events.

Research Schools Network

Did you know that the #ResearchSchoolsNetwork has written more than 90 blogs showing how the best evidence is being applied to remote learning and COVID-19?

Their new blog outlines some of the best blogs and vlogs from across the Network.

Activating Hard Thinking

Chris Runeckles from Durrington Research School explores the evidence review for the dimension 4 of the Great Teaching Toolkit Evidence Review.

Expert Teachers – what they are, why they matter and how we create them in schools

Zoe & Mark Enser’s online presentation, Growing Expert Teachers (creating an environment for growth) was first created for researchED Durrington Loom, an event organised by Shaun Allison and the @researchEDDHS team, and which took place in April 2020.

Submit your research

We invite all East Sussex schools, academies and trust to submit their class-based research for us to publicise here, to make it available across the county.
Please contact Jo Clayforth-Carr.