Research School Network: Alexandra Park Associate Research School Sharing and disseminating the best of evidence-informed practice to teachers across Stockport and Greater Manchester

Alexandra Park Associate Research School

Sharing and disseminating the best of evidence-informed practice to teachers across Stockport and Greater Manchester

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Welcome to Alexandra Park Associate Research School. We are a two-form entry school, with over 400 pupils on role, situated in Edgeley, an area of high deprivation in Stockport. Over a number of years, we have developed an evidenced-based approach to school improvement, an approach recently acknowledged in our Outstanding OFSTED:

Leaders have a strong vision for the school and ensure that all decisions are based on the findings of rigorous research.

We are very proud to be working with Aspirer Research School, based in Macclesfield. Our aim is to share and disseminate the very best of evidence-informed practice to schools and teachers across Stockport and Greater Manchester and support schools to make decisions based on the best available evidence.

We have a team of highly experienced and skilled teachers, who view research as an integral part of improving teaching and learning. As a school we are highly experienced in using collaborative professional development strategies and Teacher Research Groups, and these have been a key ingredient in developing our own practice. We employ a Research Lead, Hayley Wood, who leads our staff and colleagues across the region to put research into practice and make better use of evidence. The Associate Research School is led by Phil Brooke, headteacher, and Claire Williams, deputy headteacher. Both are experienced teachers and school leaders who have worked across the primary age range. Phil and Claire are both Maths Specialist Teachers, SLEs and Mastery Leads working for the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) delivering training and providing school to school support across Stockport and Greater Manchester. For the last four years, Claire has also supported schools in their school improvement journey, specialising in Maths, Poverty Proofing and Pupil Premium. Phil is passionate about professional development and has a wealth of experience implementing Professional Development models that develop learning cultures and embed evidence-informed practice.

We have some opportunities for you to come and meet us and see what we can offer you and your school. 

Research Breakfasts

Join us to hear more about the Research School Network and the new Associate Research School at Alexandra Park Primary School. You will get an introduction to evidence-informed practice and hear first-hand from school leaders how evidence has been central to their school improvement journeys.

Drinks and breakfast will be provided.

All sessions will take place from 8.3010.30am

Monday 4th November – Research Breakfast

Thursday 5th December – Research Breakfast

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Guidance Report Twilights

A taster opportunity for you to walk through the Education Endowment Foundation Guidance reports and begin to explore the implications for teaching and learning in schools. The guidance reports contain clear and actionable recommendations for teachers on a range of high-priority issues, based on the best available evidence. All sessions will take place from 4 – 5pm

Thursday 31st October – Behaviour Guidance Report

Thursday 28th November – Parental Engagement Guidance Report

Thursday 12th December – Primary Social and Emotional Learning Guidance Report

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We are all really looking forward to working with schools in our local area and sharing the research that is available. Please follow us on Twitter for future updates @AlexPark1912ARS or go to our School website and click on the Associate Research School page

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