Research and Development

Within Shireland Teaching School Alliance, we see the true value of classroom and school based Research and Development; alongside the need of reflective practice.

Currently within the Alliance, we are undertaking many exciting projects and are always looking forward to new, demanding schemes.

The main result of in-school research must be distinct benefit for students. All research must focus and aim solely on improving student outcomes and the skills in which they learn.

Collaborative working across the Shireland Teaching School Alliance enables us to share outstanding outcomes in a way which maximises the impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across all schools; primary and secondary.

Please see below for an example of our current Research and Development projects:-


The EEF and Nominet Trust Fund new project to test impact on pupil attaintment. A £559,000 grant has been awarded to Shireland Collegiate Academy to test the impact of a “flipped learning” approach, where pupils are introduced to concepts before the lesson online, freeing up class time to focus on the areas where support from teachers is needed. The programme will focus on teaching maths to Year 5 and 6 pupils and involve 24 schools in Birmingham and the Black Country


The Living Schools Lab is a two year project funded by the European Commission to bring together Advanced Schools for technology in 12 countries to showcase, demonstrate and validate their work.  Leading teachers from this alliance, one of the first of only two UK Advanced Schools, have established a UK Hub to document how we can mainstream effective practice in the use of ICT across the school.  This project has enabled the teachers to work together to develop new learning scenarios and to explore pedagogical approaches collaboratively within the school, but also with other schools in the UK and across Europe.  


Closing the Gap: Test and Learn is a new scheme providing grants for schools and teachers to get involved in rigorous research. The goal is to help improve the evidence-base for what works in closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils and also to stimulate robust research and development in schools. The scheme should also strengthen relationships between schools and higher education institutions.Over 750 schools, representing 190 teaching school alliances will be participating in the scheme over the next two years to test interventions that may help to close the attainment gap.

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