Research And Development


Research And Development

Within Shireland Teaching School Alliance, we see the true value of classroom and school based Research and Development, alongside the need for reflective practice.

Currently within the Alliance we are undertaking many exciting projects and are always looking forward to new, demanding schemes.

In-school research must result in distinct benefits for students. All research must focus and aim solely on improving student outcomes and the effectiveness of their learning.

Collaborative working across the Shireland Teaching School Alliance enables us to share outstanding outcomes in a way which maximises the impact on teaching and learning across all schools; primary and secondary.

Shireland Collegiate Academy announced as one of five first national Research Schools

Research Schools are funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE). The new Research Schools are all recognised as leaders in bridging between education research and everyday classroom practice. They’ll use their expertise to support up to 1000 schools by:

- Encouraging schools in their network to make use of evidence-based programmes and practices through regular communication and events.
- Providing training and professional development for senior leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom practice based on the best available evidence.
- Supporting schools to develop innovative ways of improving teaching and learning and providing them with the expertise to evaluate their impact.
If schools are interested in becoming involved contact Nikki Jones at
Opportunities and details of how schools can get involved will be published shortly, and throughout the year.

Providing a whole education at Shireland Collegiate Academy

Shireland is three times an Outstanding Academy and has been at the forefront of pioneering and strategic use of technology for school improvement during the past decade. It is widely acknowledged as being one of the main drivers that helped the Academy achieve Outstanding in 2010 and 2013.

Its Key Stage 3 Literacy for Life Model is based upon a thematic, competency based curriculum that is underpinned by technology. It is this blend of curriculum innovation combined with online spaces, one to one access and flipped learning methodology which has seen dramatic results in terms of standards and the successful embodiment of "21st Century" skills in their students.

Developing digital fluency across Shireland has been key to its success and in maintaining its "outstanding" provision for staff, students and families.


If a school purchases the MathsFlip package there are two days of training contained within the package. In these two days, delegates will learn and experience:

  • How a flipped pedagogy can be used to extend pupils progress at all levels

  • How flipped learning impacts on planning in the maths classroom, and supports the     new primary curriculum

  • Tools and resources that will support teachers and pupils in setting and completing     flipped tasks

  • Tools and resources that will support teacher planning in the changed classroom

  • Hands-on support in the practical implications of adopting a flipped pedagogy

Training dates to be confirmed. Details will be posted here, or alternatively contact Nikki Jones -

OCR Projects

An impressive range of technology enhanced projects has been developed at Shireland Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands, supported by the West Midlands Examinations Board Fund.

The 'active research' projects exemplify the Academy’s approach to using digital solutions to investigate teaching and learning and have been disseminated through a network of schools and colleges across the region.

Through close collaboration in the projects, OCR’s subject teams have been able to develop new resources, such as guidance on flipped learning, based on the findings of the Shireland projects, to benefit other schools and teachers.

To see the projects and for more information click here.

Closing the Gap: Test and Learn

Closing the Gap: Test and Learn was a new scheme providing grants for schools and teachers to get involved in rigorous research. The goal was to help improve the evidence-base for what works in closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils and also to stimulate robust research and development in schools. The scheme also aimed to strengthen relationships between schools and higher education institutions. Over 750 schools, representing 190 teaching school alliances participated in the scheme to test interventions that may help to close the attainment gap. The final research reports can be found here.