How do we know it works?

Lead the Change


How Do we know it Works- Leaders of Change IoE flyer 2019

Announcing a second cohort of the the joint IOE & CTSN Research 'How do we know it work?' project starting 30th January 2019 at Trumpington Park Primary school



A great deal is known about the importance and potential impact of middle leaders in schools but the challenge remains of how to fulfil the role effectively in practice.

In a culture of continuous school improvement, middle leaders are charged with the responsibility to ‘make it happen’.  As a result, they are often caught in an ‘implementation trap’ with little time to evaluate whether new initiatives are making a difference.

This programme, costing only £320 per delegate (for the five sessions) aims to provide a supportive and reflective forum for early middle leaders from both primary and secondary schools to explore how to:

o    robustly evaluate the impact of initiatives run in departments and within school

o    share knowledge about excellent middle leadership practice within and across schools

o    provide the space, conditions and support for staff to grow and develop their practice

o    bring about evidence-informed change in pupil learning

o    better understand the relationship between improved learning and  outcomes

o    better understand and develop the leadership conditions in schools that develop and embed cultures of outstanding practice.

Programme Structure 


The project runs from January 2019 to July 2019 primarily at Trumpington Park Primary but depending on the delegates other venues may be added. Sessions run 2.30-5.30pm.

Launch – 30th Jan 2019


  • Building our research and learning network
  • What do we understand by ‘evidence-informed practice’?
  • Developing a ‘focus for change’- F4C

Session 2 – 19th March 2019


  • Sharing baseline evidence and refining your F4C
  • What’s known about our issue? Exploring the research base
  • Developing research tools

Session 3 – 9th May 2019


  • Sharing interim findings, evidence of learning and impact
  • Accessing new research
  • Bringing teams into research -supporting staff to develop and change practice over time

Session 4 – 18th June 2019


  • Analysing outcomes and considering how to share these with others
  • Evaluating impact

Session 5 – 3rd July 2019


  • Celebrating learning and sharing event at the CTSN Research Conference 4.15pm

NB this session will be held at Saffron Walden County High School


How to apply


Schools are asked to apply on behalf of colleagues in their school. To do this, please email the CTSN R&D Administrator, Jane Catley,