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Coombes Girls School

Research and Development


Since designation in April 2014 the KTSA has adopted a cohesive approach to R&D and consequently there is a range of R&D roles emerging; the alliance schools have each identified 1 colleague who have completed Post-graduate R&D work and have interest/capacity to participate in/lead/mobilise knowledge.

The alliance’s distributed structure for R&D is enabling teacher-researcher roles to be developed and embedded which are supported by the alliance’s membership of the IoE R&D Network.

The KTSA is currently engaged in three national research projects with: Oxford University, King’s College London, and The Open University.   

The research we are currently engaged with includes projects with UCL Institute of Education, The London Schools Excellence Fund, University College London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, National Institute for Health Research.

The KTSA believes that R&D underpins all of the Teaching School work; R&D work funded by and undertaken within alliance time is currently being agreed for the current academic year and is linked to areas of priority for the alliance/expected local need. Building knowledge and skills in this way through research will in turn build capacity for CPD, SLEs and school-to-school support. The research will be integrated into school and department improvement plans and individual appraisals with success being measured through impact of pupil performance, leadership, quality of teaching and behaviour, post knowledge exchange.

The lead school (Coombe Girls’ School) have achieved R&D Specialist Partner status with IoE.

The Alliance has a strong tradition of engagement/ knowledge mobilisation of research with over 170 teacher-researchers having completed M Level action-research work.  Utilising the Alliance’s knowledge and skills base will provide support for colleagues from schools less experienced in research.

On-going self-evaluation across the alliance is used to identify emerging areas of R&D based on local needs and national priorities. These areas are targeted through school subsidy and grant applications for teachers to engage in and with R&D through MAs, NPQML, NPQSL, school-based action research, cross-alliance research and national research projects.

In addition to the half-termly seminars of the alliance R&D group we are implementing 3 knowledge exchanges to share new learning and practice emerging from the research.  We are working with IoE to develop a cross-alliance mobilisation approach.  This will enable positive, evidenced-based learning from R&D projects to be then replicated to a greater or lesser extent within the context of other schools.