Research and Development

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Research and Development

Research and Development

Many of our schools have considerable experience of involvement in research projects, including projects that are both school and university led.  As an Alliance, we strongly believe that research and development are a fundamental way of operating rather than an added extra, which helps to build a body of knowledge that supports continuous improvement both for pupils and for staff.

Listed below are some of the research projects already undertaken.  Watch this space as new research ideas and activities evolve!  Please contact us if you would like further information regarding any of the projects shown below, or if you have an idea you would like to share.

Maths Hub

We have recently developed a partnership with the Maths Hub, led by Trinity Academy in Halifax, to help drive up standards and attainment in maths across the region.  For further details of Maths Hub activity please click here for the Maths Hub website.

Raising Attainment

  • Strategies for raising the attainment of Year 8 pupil premium pupils in French.
  • Improving Year 6-7 transition in relation to English; identifying effective, early intervention strategies.
  • To identify, implement & evaluate strategies & projects aimed at developing the aspirations and interests of more able pupils.

Closing the Gap

  • In GCSE History – addressing literacy and other identified barriers to learning & achievement through practical ideas and workshops.
  • In Year 6 Science – to identify & implement strategies with a particular focus on pupil premium, SEN pupils and ‘quiet girls’.
  • Year 3/4 Looked After children – researching & implementing strategies that enable these pupils to make accelerated progress over time.
  • An exploration of Autism, what it is, what it means and how to differentiate for it in the classroom.


  • An exploration of the implementation of iPAD video analysis in PE, aiming to raise the attainment of Y8 pupils.
  • Exploring ways of using Twitter to engage Year 10 students, and impact upon learning in GCSE Sociology.
  • To improve the teaching of ICT at primary level by identifying a curriculum with clear progression of skills and assessment opportunities.

Subject Rotation

Does ‘rotation’ in subjects help or hinder pupil progress?

By collecting better evidence about what works best, and establishing a culture where this evidence is used as a matter of routine, we can improve outcomes for children, and increase professional independence.
Goldacre, 2013
The purpose of research is to gather and analyse appropriate evidence on which to base decisions to bring about change – and, preferably, improvement.
Burton, Brundett and Jones, 2008