Research & Development

Research and development forms part of our core work at The Mead.  This has been celebrated within a recently published National College document ‘How teaching schools are making a difference: part 2’.

Our staff have been asked by the National College of Teaching and Leadership to present at National conferences with reference to the development of research engagement across the school. We are also very pleased to have been asked by the National College to write a case study regarding our approach.

Learning Setts

The Mead’s logo features a badger, which has lent itself to the creation of “learning setts”. These groups promote research practice across the school focusing on school priorities for development. Outcomes from the research Learning Setts is disseminated through an annual learning conference event.  Across the alliance Learning Communities and Joint practice Innovation Hubs have been created, whose activity is aligned to alliance priorities.  All of these research based groups utilise a common research methodology – ‘spiral’.  Induction processes and training within school include a strong focus on research inquiry and the role of the Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)  as research mentor to other colleagues.

The Mead Reports and Publications graphic

At The Mead, we actively encourage and support the creation and publication of school-based research.  Click on the icons below to read these recently produced publications:

How Teaching Schools are making a difference: Part 2

Approaches to School-based Research

Teaching School National Research Theme 2 – “What makes great professional development which consistently leads to great pedagogy?”

NFER Research into Action

Empowering Teachers Through Practitioner Research