Research and Development
Teaching Schools are involved in research and development which builds on existing external research/evidence, and contributes towards the Alliance’s overall priorities.
Research and development underpins all the professional development at Skipton Girls' High School. Professional Learning Communities of teachers meet on a Monday after school to research the latest pedagogy, plan how to apply it in lessons and evaluate its impact on student progress. SGHS is a member of the Teacher Development Trust whose work on research and development informs their approaches - they have used their CPD audit to drive the school’s focus on R&D - and have showcased their work using the TDT’s Lesson Study model at national conferences. In addition, SGHS is a member of the SSAT and are a research school for their two year 'Embedding Formative Assessment' study led by Dylan Wiliam. This has enabled the school to access latest research into the five different strands of formative assessment and apply it in the classroom.
Alliance schools are involved in a range of research projects. For example:
As part of the Professional Learning Communities INSET programme, SGHS staff have engaged with Lesson Study as a way of enhancing teaching and learning. Lesson Study is a Japanese model of teacher-led research in which a triad of teachers work together to target an identified area for development in their students’ learning. They use existing evidence and collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a series of lessons, using ongoing discussion, reflection and expert input to track and refine their interventions. There were a vast range of enquiries completed as part of this process this year with focusses on trialling innovative strategies to enhance the learning experiences for our students.
To retain and build on the cross faculty collaborative ethos at SGHS, colleagues from Science and Humanities focussed their enquiry on the implementation of new technologies to enhance confidence and engagement in the classroom.
A second research led enquiry focussed on memory and endurance learning, a topic which is of imperative importance following the recent government changes to a linear examination system.