Case Study - Devonshire Junior Academy | Award Nomination 2016

Sandra Pennington, Headteacher
Devonshire Junior Academy
 
Practice:
Sandra has introduced ‘Research Days’ for teaching staff enabling them to work together in teams of 3 to explore and experiment with new strategies that benefit pupil outcomes. Inspiration for research projects has come from current educational research, school data and/or experience of the classroom. In their teams, teachers have time to read, reflect and observe groups of pupils before implementing, monitoring a project and sharing findings with all staff. Teachers also ensure that they include ‘pupil voice’ in their research.
 
Practice:
'Research Days’ have raised the profile and importance of research in improving outcomes for pupils at Devonshire. Teachers are now engaged in staying up-to-date in terms of educational thinking and research. They have the confidence to experiment with new approaches and enjoy linking academic research with the practical environment of the classroom. It has led to a culture of constant reflection and improvement. Pupil voice now feeds directly into improving teaching and learning. Research so far has been focused on a variety of areas such as how to make pupil groupings more effective and how we ensure our Pakistani boys love reading.

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