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Research with Partners and the Community

Partner organisations often approach us for support and development activity as they undertake action research in their own settings.

Action research is often a way of exploring current practice across a school or setting, undertaken by the staff who actually work there.

Action research could also be applied across a group of related schools or settings. Typically, individuals decide on their area of interest, systematically explore the current position and how interventions then affect the provision made. 

Essentially these activities are undertaken by partners directly or at their request.We have worked with a number ofpartner organisations to offer supportand development activities for their action research and some examples of previous projects include:

  • How do manipulatives and mathematical vocabulary support pupils’ development inmathematics?
  • Well-being and involvement in learning
  • What is the best way of supporting lowability students in a mixed ability classroom?
  • When do pupils think their ‘best’ learningtakes place?
  • Is the Year 7 curriculum concept the rightone for our students?

Development opportunities could be understood in a slightly different way, whereby the setting or school asks us to provide training or direct teaching (e.g. CPD/INSET) or sometimes evaluation (or research), to investigate the partner organisation or a project that it has completed, to produce a report and recommendations.

Sometimes we are asked to provide bespoke mentoring or coaching. All of these development forms would all be referred to by us as consultancy work.

Some projects have been developed with practitioners/teachers, others with TAs and others working with governors; in short, any learning community of adults who want to enhance the provision made in their organisation, school or setting.

Due to the bespoke nature of this area of work,it is difficult to provide prices until a project has been scoped out as the level of involvement can vary.

However, to provide a simple guide, a ‘typical’ standard action research project would currently cost £5,000 (as of November 2015, plus VAT as appropriate).

For this figure, a ‘typical’ project would include:

  • 6 face-to-face twilight sessions lasting 1½ hours each (covering the nature of research,capacity building, support defining researchquestions and appropriate methodologies);
  • Support and input from Canterbury Christ Church University staff (including face-to-face,email and academic supervision);
  • Development of a celebratory/dissemination event;
  • Publication of a project brochure for participants (usually distributed at the event).

Across a group of 10 schools/settings with 2 teachers trained from each, this would be the equivalent of only £250 per participant.

Professional recognition through the Teacher Learning Academy (TLA) can be made available at extra cost. In certain circumstances, action research projects could also be extended and incorporated into a Master’s degree. Further details can be provided if required.

In the first instance please discuss your ideas with one of our team.

A non-committed, informal discussion with theFaculty Director for Partner-led Action Research and Development would normally follow prior to agreeing a costed proposal and timeline.

Dr Peter Gregory
Faculty Director for Partner-led Action Research and Development


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