Research and Development

Research and Development

Tom Holloway and John Steele are our 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 which was initially piloted through funding from The Laurel Trust. We have since developed a further research project with the support of the Laurel Trust working with our Early Years Hubs through Action Learning Sets. The research project for 2018/19 is called ‘SEND me to a school who knows me.’ (please see poster below)


This model has involved our research team in working with practitioners across School and Nursery settings both within and beyond the partnership on the focus areas that reflect the concerns of their settings.  These include:

  • Dealing with children exhibiting moderate autism.
  • Lego therapy as a tool for improving learning.
  • Management systems to identify children who lack ‘airtime’ in the setting.
  • Flexible interventions for sub-EHCP pupils.
  • The application of Makaton.
  • The application of iPad apps to improve engagement.
  • Boys who experience difficulty in socially integrating.
  • Effective speech and language interventions.
  • Parental engagement.
  • Building speech and language skills in the setting and at home.


Schools who are interested in working with us on research projects please contact

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.