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A recipe for research

Research is a valuable tool for leading change in the classroom, but take the time to evaluate the pros and cons before rolling it out across the whole school

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How many times have you ended up with a cake that doesn’t look anything like the picture in the recipe? More often than not, your disaster will have nothing to do with the ingredients and a lot to do with not quite following the instructions. The same is often true when we use research to lead change in schools. We read a report and decide this is what we need but fail to recognise that the final report is just the picture of the cake. The recipe itself is the important part.

Robust, high-quality evidence has become an essential tool for any senior leader and it is right that research ...

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