As an essential part of our work as a Teaching School Alliance, we are increasing our involvement in educational research and developing initiatives at a range of levels. Engagement with and engagement in research is a critical element of school improvement and individual CPD for teachers and teaching assistants by focussing directly on improved pupil outcomes. Being research literate is also a step in the professionalism of teaching as a whole.
Fundamental to this, is creating capacity within schools to engage with research be it reading or carrying out evidence based practice. OTSA is committed to supporting schools to achieve this by enabling links with Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University and by offering a wealth of materials and CPD opportunities in this field.
OTSA is also able to bid for research funding for specific projects as and when those opportunities arise.