understanding (Stenhouse 1980, p1). Our aim is to promote a
research-engaged Teaching School Alliance that has four main features:
It is research orientated
It has a research-rich pedagogy
It promotes research communities
It puts research at the heart of the developmental dialogue of school policy and practice.
The work of the team is focused on capacity building and knowledge sharing across partner schools. It will offer staff opportunities to meet and dialogue in a variety of contexts. At the same time, each year, there will be one overarching project explored across the Alliance.
The Research and Development team is made up from senior leaders working on Teaching and Learning within the Alliance schools. The team’s focus is on investigating new initiatives within education and providing a platform to develop their application across alliance schools based upon the principles of action research. The great educationalist Lawrence Stenhouse defined action research as ‘systematic enquiry, made public’, arguing that research enquiry aims to solve problems by achieving deeper