Why engage in Research and Development in schools?
In a period of decentralisation, schools are often faced with a myriad of different strategies to improve progress/outcomes for students. As a result, it often becomes difficult to decide which strategy is right. There is therefore a need for reliable and accessible evidence to inform decision making over the strategies to use.
Where we have come from…
Working closely with the University of York the school has set out to create a culture in which research, evaluation and evidence are routinely used to identify and understand what works at Blue Coat. The school has established a R and D team that are creating research projects in line with whole school priorities and we have also joined a number of national projects.
For information on current National and school led R&D projects please see the Northern Alliance website http://www.northern-alliance.net/r-and-d/current-projects/