Links to Research

This is a list of online research starting points, this is a great place to start to look at what current research exists in each of our priority areas.

National research organisations.

Education Endowment Foundation funds and evaluates research into many areas in education and publishes the results on the teacher toolkit.

National education Trust collates knowledge and expertise to support innovation and good practice in the classroom.

Education Datalab these carry out research for policy makers but also work with schools to help them use data to adapt their practice.

The Institute for Effective Education based at the University of York, this is a charity that works with schools to improve the quality of teaching. They also produce a best evidence in Brief fortnightly newsletter which is emailed out if you sign up.

Sutton Trust a foundation that aims ti improve social mobility through evidence based research, programs and policy.

Blog Sites

Evidence Based Educational Leadership this blog focuses on the leadership and management of Evidence Based Education – including Action Research projects. It provides a really good ‘reality check’ for what works … and significantly – what doesn’t work  – in terms of implementation.

The Super Blog Database of research already conducted by teacher researchers in schools in the UK and across the globe.

Class Teaching This blog shows one school’s (or MAT’s!) approach to Evidence Based Practice and Action Research. They are undeniably much, much further down the road than we are … but their resources may help to shape how we can move forward.

Overcoming Prejudices to the Benefit of Students – Blogpost by John Tomsett, Headteacher in York and review of Making Good Progress?: The future of Assessment for Learning by Daisy Christodoulou 

Review of the OECD paper ‘Academic resilience’ – excellent study on what works for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Twitter – some people to follow…

@acethattest – The Learning Scientists blog is a treasure chest of ideas and resources presented by leading cognitive psychological scientists. The FAQ section is a good starting point for Action Research ideas.

@suttontrust – updates from the Sutton Trust.

@edudatalab – regular updates from the Educational Datalab.

@marcrowland – wrote an excellent book on pupil premium and works for Rosendale Research School.




Featured post

Using immediate feedback to increase the rate of improvement.

Robbie Williams – Teacher of PE

‘Does immediate feedback and collation of test results increase the rate of improvement?’

What gave you the idea for the project and what are you hoping to find out?

“The idea came about from hearing the enthusiasm of students after a test to discuss their test results.”

“I’m hoping to discover if immediate feedback, collation of results and rewards can raise the focus and effort amongst aspiring learners.”

How have you found Action Research?

“I’ve found that Action Research has enabled me to apply a spotlight of focus on specific areas of learning for a range of classes. Through providing immediate feedback, I’m hoping that students growing up within this current society of social media and immediate judgement will be enthused to improve their own performance.”

If you want to read what other Action research projects are being carried out at Torbridge High to support all of our learners please read below.

Continue reading “Using immediate feedback to increase the rate of improvement.”

Increasing Progress Through Peer Assessment

Case Study – Dan Turner –  Maths Teacher

What’s the title of your action research project?

“Can peer assessment allow more able students to make increased progress?”

What gave you the idea of this project?

“Peer marking is used a lot in maths on a basic level and more able students are good at supporting each other when they make mistakes. I am just taking this to the next level.”

What are you hoping to find out?

“Whether or not the process of giving each other feedback, unpicking other students work and coming up with thoughtful, well considered EBI and WWWs for each other will enhance students understanding and therefore aid their progress.”

How have you found Action Research?

“So far so good. I am using it in a context which will hopefully provide a benefit to my students without trying to reinvent the wheel. My students have engaged well with the concept which has helped and I am hopeful of some positive results.”

For a full list of out Action research projects into the progress of our most able students see below

Continue reading “Increasing Progress Through Peer Assessment”

Using Repetition and Reflection to Improve the Behavior and Performance of Year 10 boys

Case Study – Jen Fowler – NQT Humanities Teacher

Action Research Project – Using repetition and reflection to improve the behavior and performance of Year 10 boys.

How did you come up with your Action research Project?

“I wanted to see if quick feedback helps boys focus on the learning questions”

What do you personally want to get from carrying out the research?

“I want to see if  setting individual targets and areas to focus on improves behavior and engagement in lessons….I am hoping that showing them that I know them well enough to give individual targets will encourage their engagement –  improving behavior and performance in return.”

How have you found Action Research?

“…having completed a large research project for my PGCE I was initially a little nervous as the memories of traipsing through articles and studies is still very vivid! … far it has been interesting to see how the students are responding to what I have put in place. I’m looking forward to watching other members of the group”

If you want to see what other Action research is being carried out at Torbridge High into removing the Gender gap in education please see below.

Continue reading “Using Repetition and Reflection to Improve the Behavior and Performance of Year 10 boys”

Structuring Formative Assessment to Facilitate Students Ownership of Progress

Case Study – Tor Emberson – Science Teacher

Structuring formative assessment to facilitate students ownership of progress

How did you come up with this Action Research title?

“As part of my continual CPD I organised a learning walk across other curriculum areas to see how other members of staff were collating assessment throughout the entire duration of the course…..this gave me ideas for developing the strategies we have in place in our department”

What do you personally hope to get from carrying out the action research?

“…develop our students independent enquirer skills…more efficient use of our feedback…ultimately to improve the use of lesson time.”

How have you found action research?

“I really enjoy Action Research, it gives me a reason to do some targeted reading to improve my own practice and trial ideas from the masses of pedagogy that is out there.”

For a full list of the Action Research areas that are being carried out on Assessment at Tor Bridge High please read on –  Continue reading “Structuring Formative Assessment to Facilitate Students Ownership of Progress”

Other Areas of Research

Before we launched our Action Research program members of Tenzing School at TorBridge High undertook a pilot of action research in 2016. We had been involved in whole school training and wanted to see if what we had learnt could be effectively transferred into our lessons. We worked in groups each testing out a different project. Before the project people were a little unsure but after they had completed it everyone was positive that it was a good way to develop their practice.

Conclusion: All colleagues felt that the techniques could be easily implemented into their practice. Questioning was improved and students did appear to have more opportunities to critically think around subjects. All of the team who participated felt it they had been able to take a number of positives from the experience.

Continue reading “Other Areas of Research”

Blog at

Up ↑