Research and Development

Research and Development

Thrive Teaching School has invested considerable resources and time into developing and strengthening learning communities and evaluating pedagogy. We have a shared commitment to encouraging and supporting staff with post graduate study and research and are delighted to have been awarded a Laurel Trust grant to extend our research model across our network of schools.


We have a successful partnership with Sussex University and are a founding member of the Sussex Research Network which seeks to ‘mutually benefit all partners and to promote the creation, use and dissemination of knowledge and research on, within and beyond the partnership’.

Research Network Poster

Developing a Research Model


Tom Holloway and John Steele have recently completed their Masters in Education and are now qualified Research Leaders for the Teaching School Alliance. Working together and across our partnership of schools they have had the opportunity to trial and develop new approaches to researching in partnership.


Building on this early initiative, the Teaching School along with the department of Education at Sussex University has developed a Teaching School Research Model for 2016-17.

This model will involve our Research Leaders developing a research team to work with teachers both within and beyond the partnership on focus areas that are pertinent to phases KS2 and 3.

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Laurel Trust Research Report – October 2017

Narrowing the gap staff meeting

St Richard’s Impact narrative – Boys’ Achievement Network

Key Stage 3 Science Project: Peter Tadros, Steve Curtis and Tom Holloway.

This resource contains some of the lessons that were developed by science teachers across a range of secondary schools. The lessons can be downloaded here.