Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
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Supporting Research

Colleagues within OTSA have expertise in establishing school or cluster focussed action research learning sets and we can offer support to schools or small groups of schools who wish to develop their practices in this area.


We have designated contacts at each of three strategic partner HEIs (Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and Reading University) to support school based research. Please contact Lara Hughes for more details or to discuss your requirements; lara.hughes@frankwise.oxon.sch.uk.

Supporting Research - Helpful Links

Here you can find links to articles, organisations and other materials which can help you to develop research within your school. If you are beginning to develop evidence informed approaches and would like some additional support, please contact Lara Hughes via 

lara.hughes@frankwise.oxon.sch.uk who will be able to put you in touch with research experienced teachers.


ResearchEd - Teacher led organisation promoting research based approaches in schools.


Best Evidence in Brief - The evidence behind the educational headlines from the Institute for Effective Education.


Research and Development Kitbag - Resources developed by The Silk Alliance of Teaching Schools.


Research and Development Case Studies - Case Study materials from the Teaching Schools Council.


Praxis - Research based professional development for teachers.


Research Rich Schools - Website and toolkit to support research in schools.


BERA  - Website set up to encourage high quality educational research. Resources include research ethics, journal and blogs.


Evidence Based Education | Policy, Research and Practice - Has useful tips on how to become an evidence-based school and if you sign up (for free) there are resources and book recommendations.


CUREE - internationally acknowledged centre of expertise in evidence-based practice in all sectors of education


Educational Evidence Portal - This allows you to find educational evidence from a range of sources in a single search.


Excellence Gateway - Search and browse for expert resources


National Archives - Archived Research prior to 2010 via the DfE


National Foundation For Educational Research - Articles, research summaries and information on latest research & / or policy


DIY Evaluation Guide

Schools wishing to carry out their own small-scale evaluations will find the 'DIY Evaluation Guide' produced in January 2013 by the Education Endowment Foundation a very useful and usable resource. It can be found on the EEF website. Additional documentation can be found in the section 'Supporting Research'.


DIY Evaluation Guide

Guide to Small-Scale Research

Here is a working document to give an approach to carrying out research within your school. If you would like further information then please contact Lara on lara.hughes@frankwise.oxon.sch.uk



A guide to carrying out small-scale clas[...]
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