From Research to Practice: becoming an expert teacher

“Great discussions and activities that put us in uncomfortable positions - great for allowing us to try and become inspiring practitioners”. 2017/18 participant


The programme combines expert input from successful practitioners, with the opportunity for participants to apply and reflect on their learning in a structured way. Participants can also network with teachers from a range of schools.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for teachers in the first four years of their careers.

What is involved?

The programme will enable teachers in the first four years of their careers to engage with recent evidence about teaching and learning, in order to develop as outstanding educators and future leaders. Sessions are organised in sets of four across each term, each pair focusing on a keyset of evidence for effective teaching and learning. There are structured tasks between sessions which enable participants to apply new learning to their own classroom practice and to reflect on the success of any changes to practice

Session details

The programme is led by:

  • Leila Douiri Bolt, Classteacher at Surrey Square Primary School
  • Naheeda Maharasingam, Headteacher at Rathfern Primary School
  • Rachel Evans, Assistant Head at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
  • Beth Harris, Science Lead at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School
  • Matt Morden, Deputy Head at Surrey Square Primary School
  • Sarah Seleznyov, Director, Southwark TSA

AUTUMN TERM (Sessions 1-4): Empowering struggling learners: lessons from psychology and neuroscience. These sessions focus on strategies to support teachers in understanding the complex needs of pupils as individuals in order to provide tailored provision and to accelerate progress:

  • Why is learning such hard work and how can psychology research enable us to better understand the process and improve progress?
  • What does recent research into cognitive load tell us and what are the implications for the design of learning?
  • What can we learn from the research into questioning and how can we apply this to our own context?

All autumn term sessions are held at Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin Street, London SE1 1AF

SPRING TERM (Sessions 5-8): Inspiring learners through creative teaching approaches. These sessions focus on approaches that enable teachers to inspire and motivate the children in our care:

  • What does it mean to be an inspirational teacher and how does this concept translate into classroom practice?
  • How does the concrete-pictoral-abstract teaching process support the development of deep understanding for pupils?
  • How does achievement grouping affect motivation and what alternatives are there for effective differentiation?

All spring term sessions are held at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AL

SUMMER TERM (Sessions 9-12): Building relationships: making the most of time, people and resources. These sessions explore strategies that should maximise your time and effectiveness in the classroom:

  • What does research tell us about the best way to build relationships with colleagues to ensure a team approach to raising pupil attainment?
  • Which practical tools for workload management can you use to ensure you are using your time in the most efficient way?
  • What do we know about the most effective strategies for developing and deploying teaching assistants so that they make the biggest difference to pupil learning outcomes?
  • How can an understanding of learning versus performance culture affect pupil progress?

All summer term sessions are held at Surrey Square Primary School, Surrey Square, London SE17 2JY.

Sign up and cost

Participants can sign up for 2018-19 by completing this form.

Join the whole programme for the discounted price of £315+VAT (or £250+VAT for STSA Members and Strategic Partners).