Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance

Ongoing Research Projects

Closing the Gap - Test and Learn

As an alliance we are very pleased to be part of this national randomised control trial which aims to assess the efficacy of a range of intervention programmes. The research is being led by the NCTL along with CfBT, CUREE and the University of Oxford. This two year project is focussing on the following interventions;

  • 1stClass@Number 
  • Research Lesson Study
  • Inference Training
  • Achievement for All (AfA)
  • Growth Mindsets
  • Numicon
  • Response to Intervention

As well as contributing to the national findings we also anticipate that by taking part in the project we will be in a strong position to guide and support schools locally who are considering embarking on one of these intervention programmes. Furthermore the data that we collect at a local level will also have significance in assisting us to identify priority areas within our alliance. We are currently in the final stages of organising our specific involvement with the NCTL and further details will be added as soon as these decisions have been made.


A broader outcome of our involvement with this national trial will be a more developed understanding of the significance of randomised control trials and the steering group will be looking at ways in which the alliance can use this research method to help us develop evidence based approaches to decision making at individual school, school cluster and whole alliance level. Details of all such projects will be circulated as relevant but we are also very keen to hear about schools and clusters that are using randomised control methods to identify successful practice.


The interim findings relating to the projects can be found below:


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Growth Mindsets.docx
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Inference Training.docx
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Numicon Intervention Programme.docx
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RTI Breakthroughs for Literacy.docx
Microsoft Word document [196.3 KB]

National Themes Project

OTSA made a successful bid to be involved in one of the 3 ‘National Themes Projects’ focussing on areas of national significance identified by the NCTL. The theme area that we are working on is examining the links between leadership and the development of pedagogy. The steering group will support the particular direction that this projects takes but early research on needs within the alliance suggest that a systematic consideration of how lesson observations are used by school leaders to develop pedagogy is a relevant area for our investigation.

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