Evaluation & Evidence
Engage in both small and large-scale research, access evidence, implement quality evaluations and interventions.
Network members are now benefiting from direct involvement in education-based field experiments. Recent examples include:
- Parent Engagement Project – an experiment seeking to build on previous research which has shown individuals to be far more responsive to something as simple as a text due to its social integration. Having recruited ten secondary schools, including interested Network members, the study will aim to improve communication flows from secondary schools to parents, thereby stimulating parental engagement, with the goal of increasing academic attainment.
- Physically Active Lessons – an experiment co-funded by Nike’s Designed To Move charity with the intention of harnessing the wider agenda of increasing physical activity among all demographics. Researchers are interested in how schools can facilitate change in young people, therefore small bouts of physical activity will be integrated into daily maths and English lessons across primary schools recruited by our team. Network Lesson Study training and support will also provide the glue for the project to allow teachers to successfully collaborate and evaluate.
- Improving oracy through coding and entrepreneurship – an experiment funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund where Network members teach the Apps For Good programme and use our Network Lesson Study approach to embed extensive opportunities to build spoken language skills.
Teachers in our network are working in triads and using data to identify issues they wish to solve through a collaborative enquiry approach. Drawing up research, they are adapting and embedding teaching approaches while gathering quality impact data. We provide comprehensive guidance on finding evidence to tackle learning issues as well as a wide range of tools and resources to ensure that the impact of new approaches can be measured and shared among the wider profession. This approach (combined with our evaluation tools) is also an excellent method of attempting innovative new approaches to teaching and learning in a disciplined and careful way. Once ideas have been shown to be feasible on a small-scale basis we can then encourage other members of our network to adopt and evaluate the approach as part of a larger scale trial in association with a higher education institution.