The School-University Partnership for Educational Research (SUPER) was created in 1998 by a group of local headteachers and Professors David Hargreaves and Donald McIntyre in response to a national concern about the perceived lack of impact of the outcomes of educational research, (usually produced by Higher Education Institutions), upon policy-relevant and practical day to day issues in schools.
Who is involved?
Current members of the partnership include:
- Biddenham International School & Specialist Sports College
- Bottisham Village College
- Impington Village College
- Samuel Whitbread Academy
- Sharnbrook School
- Soham Village College
- Stratton Upper School & Community College
- Dunmow Primary Consortium
- St Ivo School
- University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
What does SUPER do?
- Small-scale action research projects within and between partnership schools and the faculty;
- Critical friendship for schools from faculty team members;
- An inquiry group of Teacher Research Leads (TRLs) and faculty that meet throughout the year to discuss, share and plan research and reflect upon the partnership;
- Core research across all schools e.g. exploring Pupil Engagement: teachers’ and pupils’ perspectives via large-scale survey, systematic literature review, teacher and pupil focus groups, individual teacher interviews;
- An annual June internal conference where schools and faculty share and present research and plan for the future;
- Dissemination of our work at national conferences e.g. researchEd, CARN, BERA and AERA;
- Hosting seminars & guest speakers open to all teachers in partner schools.
SUPER has also taken part in externally funded research projects e.g. Developing Warranted Practice in the use of ICT to support subject teaching and learning in the secondary school; and an examination of practitioner research and enquiry in Networked Learning Communities.