Research & development

Evidence-based research

We are committed to investing in and developing evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.

The Writing is Primary Project

 Our most recent project, funded and supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation explored the impact of the Primary National Strategies on the teaching of writing in primary schools. The issue that the Writing is Primary action research programme set out to address was how pupil learning, enjoyment and achievement in writing might be improved. Our published report describes how teachers across a number of schools were encouraged to try new approaches to the teaching of writing, including developing their personal creative skills -and how this journey of discovery enabled them, in turn, to inspire their pupils to write with greater pleasure and purpose. 

We believe that this form of joint practice development is a sustainable way in which we can create a pedagogical shift in our approach to teaching and learning in all our schools.