Our participation in the NCTL National Research Themes 2 Project: What makes great professional development that leads consistently to great pedagogy? supported the exploration and definition of the role of SLE as a research mentor. This development has been pivotal in shaping the nature and character of our strategy for research engagement.

Our over-arching research question was:

‘What is the role of the Practice Development Partner (SLE and aspirant SLE) in effecting change through research engagement?’

Key findings

  • In the context of a self-improving school system, the role of SLE is pivotal in promoting, leading and facilitating collaborative teacher research and innovation
  • Establishing the role of SLE as research mentor and coach strongly enhances the capacity and expertise of Teaching School Alliances to lead and engage in high quality research and development
  • Establishing the role of SLE as research mentor and coach is most effective when supported by a professional culture where learning through research is valued and recognised as a core strategy for school improvement

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