NEW - CTSN R&D Programme: 'How do we know it works?'

Posted on: 10th January 2018

Project aims:

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 £410 per delegate (for the seven 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 March 2018 to July 2019 primarily at Trumpington Park Primary but depending on the delegates other venues may be added. Sessions run 2.30-5.30pm 

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, to request an application form.


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