Action Research Projects

Action research projects are a fantastic way to nurture the professional learning culture in school.  MALIT have facilitated numerous programmes exploring a wide range of teaching and learning related areas including two that were part funded by Curious Minds:-

Teaching Backwards

Our work with a large proportion of teaching staff at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Preston has focussed on the principles from our book ‘Teaching Backwards’.  The training and structured lesson study enabled deep reflection on how staff could sustainably improve teaching and learning in their own classrooms.  The work has been commended in successive Section 8 inspection reports with comments such as ‘the commercial company working with individuals and groups of teachers are continuing to provide effective support.’ and ‘The school’s use of a commercial company to work with tranches of 10 teachers at a time is proving beneficial. The school’s judgements of quality of teaching of the teachers engaged in the first round of training improved from 30% to 80% good.’

Do Less, Get More

An investigation by teachers at Range High School in Sefton, Merseyside who were keen to develop strategies to improve the independent learning of their KS5 students.  The outcomes included a new induction programme for sixth form students and greater student ownership of feedback and targets for improvement.

High Challenge learning

A short project with teachers at Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston exploring strategies to raise the level of challenge in lessons.  Teachers worked in pairs to evaluate the impact of different strategies in order to identify further areas for development.  The school’s subsequent Ofsted inspection report, where the school was awarded ‘Outstanding’ noted ‘lessons consistently challenge students, leading to excellent progress.’

The Uncertainty Principle

A high quality, bespoke programme developed for the school that utilised change-management strategies and growth mindset approaches in order to nurture a culture of reflective practice, creativity and resilience during a period of unprecedented change.  This programme was shortlisted for the 2010 TES Awards.

Building Better Learners

A project with Isleworth Town Primary School in London to develop active learning and the independent learning skills of their children.  Teachers focussed on developing the KASH (Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Habits) of their learners. The subsequent Ofsted report praised the independent learning skills of the children; ‘ Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning.’

Tomorrow’s Leaders

A programme developing the middle leaders of three secondary schools across Merseyside.  Participants undertook 360 degree appraisals, reflected on their leadership and management, and developed a personal action plan.  The programme included opportunities for middle leaders to meet and engage ideas with those from other schools.

To discuss how MALIT can work with your school please contact us