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Research And Development

At Southwark Teaching School Alliance our aim is for research and evidence to underpin everything we do. This means using evidence to inform our initial teacher training, continuing professional development and school-to-school support work, as well as engaging in research to generate new knowledge about effective practice.

We want to connect schools and practitioners engaged in school-based research and evidence-informed practice so their findings can be shared and disseminated to benefit as many children and young people as possible. If you’d like to tell us about your research or get involved with STSA research and development activities, please email for more information about:

  • Joining our Research Network - connecting researchers and practitioners
  • Attending our Journal Club - an open-access termly forum to discuss articles, research papers and blogs. With biscuits
  • Getting involved in one of our research projects

Current STSA Research Projects

Workload challenge project (NCTL) - investigating ways to improve pupil outcomes and reduce teacher workload by reducing marking in favour of verbal feedback, drawing on evidence from EEF and Workload Challenge reviews.

Connecting Knowledge Lesson Study (Connecting Knowledge/London Excellence Fund/Institute of Education) - a project to support improved attainment in writing in Primary Education for less advantaged pupils.

The Visible Classroom 2015 (The University of Melbourne/SSAT/EEF) - providing teachers with word-for-word transcripts and personalised analysis, specifically focusing on their “teacher talk” and classroom practice.

RULER (Yale University) - a mental health and wellbeing project, focused on giving children the tools to understand and describe their emotions.