We are fortunate enough to have one of only 23 Research Schools based in the Durrington Multi-Academy Trust.  Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), the Research Schools Network aims to offer support and guidance to teachers and school leaders with the mobilisation of research evidence.  There is a huge amount of research evidence out there that highlights what is likely to work best in education.  Our role is to help busy teachers and school leaders understand what this research evidence says, and then plan how they can use it to improve the educational provision for the young people in their schools.

One of the ways we do this is through our training programmes.  This year as a Research School we are offering nine training programmes to schools in our regions.  Each training programme lasts for three days and focuses on a specific aspect of school improvement. Here is an outline of the programmes on offer:

  • Improving memory – this focuses on how the most recent research around cognitive science can be used to help students become more effective learners and retain knowledge from across the curriculum – especially important for the new GCSE exams.  Further details here
  • Evidence informed principles that will improve teaching – this programme will examine the research evidence behind effective teaching and how teachers can mobilise this in their classrooms.  Further details here.
  • Effective use of the Pupil Premium fund – this programme will use case studies and research evidence to explore how schools can best address underperformance with disadvantaged students. Details here.
  • Understanding and using the EEF metacognition and self-regulated learning guide – metacognition has one of the highest ‘impact scores’ on the EEF teaching and learning toolkit.  This programme will explore how teachers can mobilise this.  Further details here.
  • Evidence informed approaches to improving literacy – improving the literacy of all students is vital, but is a key barrier to the performance of disadvantaged students.  This programme will explore how this can be addressed.  Details here.
  • Improving behaviour and attendance – the first step in school improvement is to get students to attend school and then to behave appropriately.  This programme will use case studies and research evidence to support schools with addressing these two themes. Details here.
  • Leading learning – this training programme is aimed at supporting those staff responsible for leading CPD and/or teaching and learning in their schools.  Details here.
  • Improving maths at KS2-3 – This programme will explore what the research evidence says about effective maths teaching. Details here.
  • Improving secondary science – based on the new EEF guidance report about improving science teaching at secondary schools.  Details here.

Our first training programme starts next week and we are very much looking forward to welcoming colleagues from our neighbouring schools.

For further information about the work of our Research School, please email research@durring.com

Shaun Allison, Head of School Improvement, Durrington High School

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