IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Leading research and development in schools

22 January 2020, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Participants engaged in the programme

This innovative professional development programme is for middle and senior leaders interested in engaging in and with research.

Event Information

Open to







Margaret Turner


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

Programme details:

Are you responsible for R&D (research and development)in your school?

Do you want to draw on research to inform decision making?

Do you see R&D as a powerful way to develop teaching and learning?

This programme helps you find, critique and apply research related to your school’s context. It also supports you to lead colleagues in learning-focused, school-based enquiries. Core membership of the IOE’s R&D schools network is included, along with a copy of Chris Brown’s book: Leading the Use of Research & Evidence in Schools.

How would you and your school benefit from taking part?

The group provides a collegiate forum to explore the benefits and challenges of making R&D a reality in schools. You will have a chance to carry out practical R&D activities in your school between sessions, sharing the process with like-minded participants who are also passionate about educational research.

Core membership of the IOE R&D network offers you access to the network website, including library resources.

Session details

Session one
  • Leading R&D within and across schools - challenges and opportunities
  • Assessing readiness for research engagement
  • Facilitator, leader, researcher, broker? What the role entails
  • Developing a strategic focus of enquiry

Inter-sessional activity: auditing your current R&D reality

Session two
  • Analysing your baseline/readiness for R&D
  • Refining your enquiry focus - what difference do you want it to make?
  • Sourcing and critiquing high quality research
  • Designing research tools

Inter-sessional activity: implementing a cycle of enquiry

Session three
  • Leading and managing change
  • Tracking changes in teacher practice and pupil learning
  • Supporting professional learning and development

Inter-sessional activity: tracking change and gathering evidence of impact

Session four
  • Evaluating impact
  • Mobilising knowledge and sustaining change
  • Reviewing own development as a leader of R&D


We don't have a date for this course yet. Please contact London Centre for Leadership in Learning to register your interest


£600 per person.