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Closing the Gap: Test and Learn 

Closing the Gap: Test and Learn is a programme from the National College of Teaching and Leadership, providing support for schools and teachers to get involved in rigorous research launched in September 2013. The goal is to help close gaps for vulnerable pupils whilst improving the evidence-base about it and stimulating robust research and development in schools. CUREE took responsibility for leading the initial consultation on selecting the interventions, advised by project partners such as Durham University and practitioners such as the Teaching School Alliance R&D Steering Group. In the second, implementation phase CUREE is working with CfBT and Oxford University to design and deliver the project’s launch events, and initial RCT training. Finally, CUREE is also providing the intervention training for Response to Intervention (RTI) and Research Lesson Study (RLS), two of the interventions used in the project. We are part of this project together with the everyonelearning@ teaching school alliance and are currently working using Numicom. click here to be directed to the CUREE site to find out more.

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Click here to read about our ITT Lead's presentation at a recent TEAN event at The University of Cumbria


Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal 


The TEAN Journal is an online academic publication, specifically aimed at teacher educators with the intention of advancing research and scholarly activity. Increasingly student teachers and teachers in schools are engaging with the wealth of articles in the journal. Submissions from student teachers and school colleagues are welcome; it is recommended that these submissions are based on research undertaken at Masters or doctoral level, in progress or completed, in order to be appropriate for the journal.

TEAN is pleased to announce that the ninth issue of the journal is now available at:

The ISSN of the journal is: 2054-5266

This issue brings together papers from Wales, Northern Ireland and England on the following topics: Masters level study, professional identity, ‘Dialogical Assessment’, video analysis and Overseas Trained Teachers.



Research and Innovation

This is a very exciting area of teaching school development and Prestolee TSA intend to embrace the benefits and challenges Research and Innovation will present. If we are to become a truly self-improving system or group of schools the prominence of this area is likely to continue to grow over time. Our Alliance’s Research and Innovation should inform our continuing professional development provisions through rigorous investigation and development of recommendations to improve pedagogy.
Each school will indentify a lead practitioner who will become the Action Research Leader and champion of Research and Innovation (R & I) within their own school. The R & I leader ensures that any commissioned research is co-ordinated between schools. Action research leaders within schools will submit questions for development to the R&I working group annually. This working group will then commission action research projects across the Alliance. A bursary is paid to the lead researcher of the project. This role provides experience; succession planning for SLEs and the opportunity for people to accredit their work through strategic partners.
All school Research Innovation Champions and the Alliance Research and Innovation leader receive regular CPD through our partnerships. This partnership is vital to ensure leaders have the capability and rigor needed to ensure the action research findings are useful and can effectively inform our CPD initiatives.
We share the outcomes at showcase events, where groups of action researchers share their projects and findings through workshops within a conference style event. This also allows prospective schools interested in being involved in areas of research and learning from others to become involved in the process.
PrestoleeTSA aims to prioritises three areas of research: These will be our three specialist areas as a teaching school alliance and as such we aim to become recognised leaders in research and development in these areas.