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Research & Development

“Teachers are working in the most effective, informed way to provide the best possible education for children and young people now, and in the future.” The Chartered College of Teaching vision

Research sits at the heart of effective professional learning and development for teachers and school leaders. CTSA is committed to providing access to the latest research through its collaborative work and CPD programme. We also bid for national funding, where it is available, to support research and development. We are currently in receipt of funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Sport England.

Current projects

School readiness through musicianship : CTSA in partnership with Essex Music Services and London Music Masters. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Teacher Development Fund

This 3 year funded project is researching and developing the use of music to improve school ‘readiness’ by targeting improvement in PSED and CLD in the Early Years. The EYFS framework forms the basis of a child’s learning throughout their primary school career. Schools are increasingly reporting that children are starting school without the skills necessary to thrive and learn.

There is significant and growing evidence suggesting that engagement in music can positively impact on a child’s personal, social, emotional and intellectual development. Engagement in music, therefore, provides a vehicle through which a child’s readiness to learn in a social school setting might be addressed.

This project focuses on the development Personal, Social & Emotional Development with additional benefits in Expressive Arts & Design. It will also develop teacher skills in using music to develop key skills such as self-confidence, collaboration, turn taking, listening and attention as a foundation on which to build successful learning throughout the curriculum. The project will formally report in July 2022.

Promoting participation and inclusion in PE, Sports and Physical Activity – secondary phase.

6 CTSA member secondary schools are now engaged with a Sport England Secondary Teacher Training fund project focused on developing inclusion and participation in PE, Sports and Physical Activity. This supports Sport England’s mission of creating a more active nation, as well having links to promoting emotional health and wellbeing.

The schools are involved in implementing individual projects that will run from September 2021, for a year. The schools have access to online student and staff survey tools to inform the focus for these projects, and to date this has provided access to the views of well over 1000 students and 80 staff. Focused areas identified include promoting participation and developing confidence for girls in Years 7 and 8, developing inclusive participation for SEND students and using physical activity to tackle potential exam stress in KS4.

The Project Leads will be meeting termly to share and explore their emerging findings, and the final outcomes will be published in the summer of 2022.


Recent projects

Developing the Mantle of the Expert approach

As a whole school pedagogy, 9 CTSA schools are currently engaged in an exciting year long CTSA funded project to develop Mantle of the Expert as a whole school approach. Working with Luke Abbott, renowned international MoE expert, participant schools are engaging in joint training days and in-school side-by-side teaching and observation sessions in smaller ‘triad’ groupings. The year long programme will culminate in a final conference to be held on 4 July 2019, where participant schools will showcase their practice. The Alliance will then have access to a unique and rich group of expert practitioners who will be able to support a wider network of schools and teachers.

Creating Real Writers and Mathematicians

Who are real writers and real mathematicians and what do they do? What are the ‘tools’ and core skills that writers and mathematicians routinely use? How can we deepen thinking in writing and maths? How can we apply this understanding to raising attainment for our learners, enabling them to flourish as writers and mathematicians? These core questions are the focus for the 7 Alliance schools currently engaged in a year-long professional learning, research and development programme funded by CTSA. Each school will carry out focused research using the Lesson Study model, with the outcomes being shared across CTSA via a presentation day in July 2019.


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Chelmsford Schools Partnership
Newlands Spring Primary School
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