The TSA underpins all of our work with reference to research: our CPD is informed by what we know creates effective professional learning; our school to school support with what we know has been shown to work (or not to work) in improving outcomes for children; our Initial teacher Education with the pedagogies and criticality needed to develop as effective teachers.
School Engagement in research can be organised in three ways:
- engagement with the published research base
- engagement as participants in the research of others
- engagement in primary research designed, carried out and evaluated in our own settings.
As a TSA we engage in all three elements and can support other schools and settings to build capacity/learn from published findings/evaluate their own projects.
Contact us for more details about getting support and building capacity.
The Research base:
Click through to research readings for some of the more practitioner facing readings we use regularly in our work but contact us if you would like workshops/briefings to your school MAT on particular areas. We locate and synthesis research on a bespoke basis for interested groups.
We have led a large scale EEF project linking schools with the research base on TA deployment and resources for this can be found below.
Participating in research led by others:
The EEF is always looking for schools interested in participating in their randomised control trials and you can find links here to projects looking for participants. Look for the recruiting button and click through to apply.
Leading your own research:
We have programmes to support and build capacity to build staff literacy in research: both reading it to find out which avenues may be promising in terms of impact and in methodology and evaluation of individual projects. Two of the larger primary research programmes we have run over the past two years can be found below.
We can support small studies within a school or class using a variety of methods that will allow you to track pupil premium spending, the effectiveness of assessment systems and interventions.
Early years project
This project is a joint project with the Calderdale Early Years team and the aim is to work between schools and PVIs to improve fine motor skills in nursery age children.
Dough Gym programme
EEF Effective deployment of teaching assistants
The EEF toolkit for TAs including the free online training programme can be found here