Research and Development is a key component of the Teaching School and plays a significant role within the teaching and learning ethos at South Bromsgrove High.
Students are involved in research during their evaluation of student-led initiatives that have influenced teaching and learning policy. Members of our ‘South Voice’ learning council design and carry out these evaluations, collecting and analysing evidence and using this to inform their future work. Our close liaison with feeder middle schools allows us to host a joint Student Teaching and Learning Conference every year which utilises these same principles, so that students across the wider alliance benefit from these essential skills.
All teachers at South are involved in Action Research projects, supported by a team of Research Mentors who are teachers with more experience and training in research skills. More information on this central component of our approach to collaborative and sustained CPD can be found here. There is always a group of teachers who are actively engaged in Masters level research programmes and we are in discussion with one of our partner universities to deliver an in-house Masters course on site during twilight sessions.
Several large projects are currently underway within the school. We have been selected and funded by NCTL to conduct a large scale Randomised Control Trial (RCT) which explores the impact on disadvantaged students of participation in a Growth Mindsets training programme. A smaller scale RCT is also underway in the school which explores the impact of particular marking and feedback strategies on student progress and attainment.
We work closely on Research and Development with our partner universities: Birmingham and Worcester. We are currently involved in a PhD project on Financial Education, and another looking at perceptions of early parenthood. Research and Development is therefore an important strand of our collaboration across the wider alliance.