United Learning has worked with NFER to investigate the uses and perceived impact of engaging with research on teaching and learning.
As NFER explain:
‘The work contributes to the growing debate around evidence informed teaching practice. There is a widespread belief that significant improvements in educational outcomes could be made if teachers engage with the best evidence of ‘what works’ and develop their practice accordingly. Our joint research sought to gain a clearer picture of what current ‘evidence-informed practice’ (EIP) looks like, the perceived benefits of engagement, and how to develop a culture of EIP.’
The project consisted of 17 telephone interviews with United Learning senior leaders, and 39 face-to-face interviews within seven United Learning schools.