Why we took on a research lead

Having an in-house ‘evidence expert’ will allow our school to keep up with the latest research and tailor new pedagogical approaches to suit our setting, staff and students, says headteacher Caroline Barlow

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Why on earth would we want to appoint a research lead?” was a question my senior team and I wrangled with intermittently for the best part of last year. Opinions ranged from absolute assurance of the need for such a post to caustic commentary of the inevitable over-inflated ego and salary that would result.

We were already research-engaged. We have long eschewed the “tricks and games” of education exercised to guarantee outcomes over substance, and we have never been shy to take innovative decisions – our definition of innovation being to seek to do things differently where appropriate in ...

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