CASE STUDY: Research Support in Cheshire Vale TSA

Another case study on what we’re working on here at… This time, we focus on the Research Support Partnership we’ve just begun with the lovely people at Cheshire Vale Teaching School Alliance.


Our Research Support Partnership with the Cheshire Vale TSA began in April 2016. We are training teachers and research leads from eleven schools in the Alliance, with Ofsted ratings ranging from Requires Improvement right through to Outstanding. Below, you’ll find more information on how it works, and what school leaders in the Alliance have to say about the work so far.

For starters, we ensure our CPD meets the recommendations made in the best available evidence, starting with the TDT’s Developing Great Teaching report; all learning is regular, sustained and sufficiently evidence-based. Our work is also grounded in the EEF’s school improvement cycle (see this blog post for more).

We’re all for visual representations, and – let’s face it – the Research Support Partnership is quite an abstract concept… So Jack has indulged his inner nerd (again) and has drawn up a flowchart, based specifically on the RSP with Cheshire Vale TSA. RSPKeep your eyes out for more news on this RSP – we will be posting further updates and video clips in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, we’ll leave the final word to Ffion Eaton, Assistant Head at Tarporley High School and Chair of the R&D Strategy Group in the Cheshire Vale TSA:

We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity that is giving us to train Research Leads across our Teaching School Alliance. The fact that this vision is a first for any TSA nationwide means we are embarking on an innovative approach to sharing evidence-informed methodology that is made bespoke to all schools. In particular, we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Stuart, who has the unique gift of being both incredibly knowledgeable and an excellent presenter. We believe this training will transform not only our alliance schools’ understanding of evidence-informed approaches but, crucially, their approach to teaching and learning. This will directly impact on, and improve, student outcomes.


For more information on what we’re doing with Cheshire Vale TSA, subscribe to our blog, read our Research Support page, and click here to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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