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Research & Development

• The Teaching School Alliance is committed to the development of a shared culture of research and development to support school improvement

• An example of this approach can be seen in the work of Professional Learning Communities at The Compton (see Professional Learning Communities document)

• Partners within the Alliance have collaborated and produced a toolkit of materials as an outcome from a National College research and development project on talent management and succession planning (see case study document for an overview of the project)

• Staff across a number of partner schools have also worked collaboratively as part of a National College research and development project “What makes great professional development which leads to consistently great pedagogy?” In conjunction with the Institute of Education, a case study of the project was completed autumn 2014 (see case study document for an overview of the project)

• During 2013-15, a key research priority and focus on developing classroom practice will be a literacy transition project involving the review, implementation and evaluation of effective literacy straggles for Year 6 and Year 7 students. The project, funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund, will involve 11 partner schools working together in three cross phase clusters with individual teachers being members of cluster based learning triads or quads. All staff participating on the literacy training programme will contribute to an action research project, leading to a case study to be published by the Mayor’s Office

• During 2014-15 The Compton School will  be working with researchers from the Institute of Education to review, evaluate and publish research findings linked to the school’s innovative model of succession planning at senior leadership level.