Stratton Upper School & Community College
Educational research is a growing part of the work of staff at Stratton Upper School. There are two strands of research occurring within the school. These are:
• Staff completion of classroom based research as part of their CPD entitlement
• Whole staff involvement in lesson study research
• Staff completion of Masters level research as part of the PGCE training or on going CPD.
The classroom based research is an informal opportunity for staff to engage in and discuss with colleagues various elements of learning, pedagogy and practice.
The Lesson Study research is an opportunity for staff to scrutinise Teaching and Learning and share their findings with colleagues.
The Masters level research is formal research where teachers will be assessed by the awarding body of their Masters level qualification.
Link to our school website research page: www.stratton.beds.sch.uk/index.php
The Cambridge University SUPER Partnership
We are very fortunate to be a part of the SUPER partnership with the Cambridge University Faculty of Education. This partnership was formed to provide a link between the research being produced by universities and the day-to-day work of teachers in the classroom. As a member of the partnership, teachers in school contribute to a piece of research that is carried out across the partner schools and in conjunction with the University of Cambridge.
A further part of the partnership is the opportunity for teachers to complete a Masters of Education (MEd) with the University. The Masters programme is an opportunity for staff to become well versed in educational research and be able to share this with their colleagues in school. A significant part of the MEd is the completion of a substantial piece of educational research.
We are delighted that the first cohort of MEd students have successfully completed the course and that we have been able to welcome two new colleagues onto the course this year.
Making the Partnership Effective
In order to make the SUPER partnership effective, each school has a TRL (Teacher Research Lead) who meets regularly with representatives of the University and other partnership schools. The role of the TRL is to co-ordinate research in school and to share this to contribute to the wider goals of the SUPER partnership.