Why do we need to research school led ITT?

We often hear the terms ‘evidence based research’ or ‘practitioner based research’ but are not always sure what this means or how to go about it. One of the great myths is that research can only take place through or with University support. Educators need to be consumers and producers of research so we can improve practice, add to knowledge, address gaps in knowledge, expand knowledge and replicate knowledge. Educators need to be able to conduct quality research to examine issues within their own contexts.

We have had four years of school led initial teacher training and yet very little longitudinal impact is known. There is a desire from lead school direct schools and SCITTs to know more to enable forward planning, demonstrate impact and support for recruitment.

With support from the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership www.gmlp.org.uk the workforce group is undertaking a research project with the purpose to improve knowledge and understanding of the impact of school led ITT programmes and develop recommendations for the programme improvement.

Please see the slides below for more information.

We have many Schools and SCITTs already who are confirmed as part of the research.

  • Altringham Grammar Girls School
  • Alliance for Learning SCITT & Teaching School The Dean Trust
  • Altius Alliance
  • Associated Merseyside Partnership SCITT
  • Elmridge Primary
  • Everyonelearning@TSA
  • Gatley Primary
  • Kingfisher Special School
  • Kingsbridge Education Improvement Partnership
  • Pioneers Partnership SCITT
  • Prestolee SCITT
  • St Andrew’s CE Primary
  • St James’s CE High
  • St Patrick’s RC High
  • Teach Manchester
  • The Dean Trust
  • Vantage Academy Trust

For further information

If you’re interested in joining the ITT research project you can let us know by emailing:

The next Research Workshop will be held at:
St Patrick’s RC High School, 56 New Lane, Eccles, Manchester, M30 7JJ
On Thursday 15th March 2018 (8.45am arrival for a 9.15am start)
Close at 12.45pm

The first Research Workshop was at LEAF in Manchester on Tuesday 26th September and was codelivered with Dr Linda Robinson.

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