Research Tool

In December 2014, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) commissioned a group of teaching school alliances to explore R&D activity in schools. This Research Rich Schools group developed a self-diagnostic tool for schools to assess their own level of engagement in R&D.

Are you research ready?

Assess the level of engagement in Research and Development in your school and alliance

The self-diagnosis tool provides a means of assessing the extent to which Research and Development is embedded in your school and alliance.

The tool can be used to assess levels of research engagement, recognising that individual schools within an alliance or wider partnership may be starting at different points.

For each area of school life, the toolkit focuses on three main forms of research engagement:

  1. RESEARCH & DESIGN: use of data and research to inform strategic decision-making and the design and content of programmes and interventions
  2. DEVELOPMENT & ENQUIRY: opportunities for staff and pupils to engage with research and engage in collaborative enquiry to stimulate professional and pupil learning
  3. EVALUATION & QUALITY ASSURANCE: use of evaluation strategies to measure impact and inform future planning and decision-making

As well as helping to understand where you are starting from, the tool is also intended as a guide to help you go further.

Each section contains ideas about possible interventions and is followed by suggestions for getting started and taking the next step to expand and embed a research rich culture in your school and alliance.