Connecting with research


I can't believe that nine months have flown by since my last Staffroom story. What on Earth happens to time? I'm convinced that working in education makes the clock spin so fast it opens a vortex where daily life disappears. I'm sure you recognise the feeling. My time vortex became even deeper in September 2017 when I became Research Partnerships and Networks Manager for the Chartered College of Teaching. I had enjoyed 23 years in education research at the University of Cambridge but it had often been frustrating that our evidence on teaching and learning sits quietly in academic journals on library shelves rather than having a real impact where it matters most - in classrooms and schools and on policymakers' desks. My new role is an exciting opportunity to be part of an organisation dedicated to bringing teachers and research together. As Dame Alison Peacock, our CEO says, the Chartered College is here to inform, to inspire and to connect teachers with evidence. Not all of this evidence comes from academic research and official data. School-based evidence and teacher research also provide rich seams of evidence for building a sound professional knowledge base. But accessing the evidence is only half the story - the value of evidence can only be realised if teachers are given time, support and space to make use of it.

It's likely that you're facing your own time vortex so connecting with relevant, credible evidence may not seem like a top priority. However, taking the time to engage with research evidence often repays the effort by showing new solutions and deepening your understanding of what works and why. So what is the Chartered College doing to help teachers like you to connect? Our member journal, called Impact, has accessibly-written articles by leading researchers and teachers - it's a great starting point for joining the conversations around excellence in teaching and readable in bite-size chunks over coffee. Following up each Impact edition, our Third Space events give you a chance to discuss the articles in depth with the authors themselves and other teachers. Our Chartered College networks across the country offer something for everyone - from large conferences to small, focused workshops, exploring a huge range of interests including SEND, Lesson Study, Music Education, Mental Health, Primary Literacy and Early Education. Set up in collaboration with schools, teacher training, trusts, universities and subject associations, our networks are there to support you whatever your setting, subject or specialism. If you can't find a network in your location or your interest area, why not set one up with us? Network events are open to teachers who are not yet Chartered College members and most are free of charge so why not pop along to your nearest network meeting and find out more (details can be found here

If you're in the Norwich/Norfolk area on Saturday 11th November you're welcome to sign up to attend our Regional Network meeting and for Ipswich/Suffolk area, there is a Regional Network session on Saturday 18th November For an up-to-date list of Chartered College network events in other regions please send a direct message or email To join us or to find out more about the Chartered College of Teaching see

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J Flutter

J Flutter

Research Partnerships & Networks Manager, Chartered College of Teaching

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Here are some of the network events around the country - all teachers and those who work with them very welcome to attend!


All these events are FREE to Chartered College members unless otherwise stated. Booking is online via links on the Chartered College website or via email to the network leads. Please Tweet and promote these events to teachers in your area or who are interested in your subject, specialism or sector.

Keele and North Staffordshire Chartered College Network Teach Meet Tuesday 7th November An opportunity for teachers to meet and find out more about the work of The Chartered College. This week we will be looking specifically at comparative judgement and teacher workload. Venue: Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education, University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 3PJ. Booking email:
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The Suffolk and Norfolk Chartered College Teaching Network has two exciting opportunities on Saturday mornings for teachers to network and share good practice, with discussion of research articles from IMPACT. Saturday 11th November 10am-12pm at Thorpe St Andrew School Management Suite, Laundry Lane, Norwich NR7 0XS and Saturday 18th November 10am-12pm at The University of Suffolk, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ. Email

The Chartered College of Teaching’s Medway Network at The Howard School, in collaboration with the Medway Teaching School Alliance, is hosting a twilight session with Professor Chris Brown (University of Portsmouth) to explore Research Learning Communities and the opportunities they present. In this session Chris will talk about the Research Learning Communities approach and how it can lead to improved teaching and learning. November 13th 4.30-6pm, venue: The Howard School, Rainham, Kent ME8 0BX. Email Chris Grabski:

Chartered College of Teaching Regional Hub Journal Club at Warden House Primary School, Deal, Kent. Thursday 15th November, 4.30-6pm. Booking online at

West Sussex Chartered College of Teaching Network will be discussing effective professional development in the primary setting and outlining plans for this year on Thursday 16th November 4.30-6pm. Keynote speakers, Dr Rebecca Allen (Director of Education, Datalab) and Sam Sims (Datalab) will be talking about ‘Schools where teachers get better at teaching’. They are founding members of the new research app ‘Teacher Tapp’ that aims to improve teacher engagement in research and evidence on instructional practices. Venue: Kingslea Primary School, Horsham RH13 5PS. Email:

The English and Media Centre Chartered College Network presents Harold Rosen and English Teaching - EMC Twilight Session Series focused on the collection of Harold’s educational writing, stories and poems. Harold Rosen: Writings on Life, Language and Learning 1958 to 2008, edited by John Richmond, was published earlier this year. At this session, John will talk about Harold’s work, pointing especially to aspects which have especial relevance to English teachers’ working lives today. Tuesday November 21st 5-7pm, venue: English and Media Centre, 18 Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN. Book online at EMC website. Email:

Small School Support Network is based at Bury CE Primary, Westburton Lane, Bury, Pulborough RH20 1HB. For our inaugural Chartered College Network Hub session on Thursday 23rd November 4.30-6pm we are being joined by A Tale Unfolds as they share with us the impact of using film to improve writing. Following this there will be a chance to discuss how we can support each other moving forward. Email Thomas Moore:

Beds, Bucks, Milton Keynes & Northants Chartered College Network launch meeting - a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded colleagues to establish this new local network! Friday 24th November 4.30-6.45pm. Venue: Malcolm Arnold Academy, Northampton NN2 6JW. Email:

Central Primary Lesson Study Chartered College Network’s second event will explore preparing to set up a Lesson Study cycle. We will look into planning a cycle, observation skills, pro
viding feedback and generating professional challenge through feedback. The morning will be a mixture of discussion, time to plan and taught sessions. Dr John Mynott is hosting the network event and we hope to have other invited guests talking about the challenges and successes of setting up their own Lesson Study cycles. The event is open to anyone who is interested and we
recommend if possible you bring more than one member of your proposed Lesson Study team with you to facilitate your discussions. Saturday 25 November 9am-12pm. Venue: Central Primary School, Watford, WD17 2LX. For details contact Dr John Mynott, email:

South West Excellence in Education for Teachers (SWEET) Chartered College Network The University of Exeter Graduate School of Education is celebrating the launch of its Chartered College of Teaching network on Tuesday 28th November, 4.30-6.30pm at the University’s St Luke’s Campus. The event features a keynote by Dame Alison Peacock and guest speakers from primary and secondary phases. Booking is online via and for further information email

Bristol Chartered College Local Network is holding its second session on Tuesday November 28th 4.30-5.30pm focusing on the topic ‘Research methods - What methods can you use to embed research based practice?’ In this session, we will be hearing from university and teacher colleagues about methods that they have successfully used in school. Venue: Filton Avenue Primary School, Bristol BS7 9RP. Email:

East Midlands Regional Network is presenting a STEM CPD session led by Dr Abby Bell and Tanzela Ali, demonstrating how to embed fun activities in everyday lessons and how to run STEM projects in your school or in collaboration with other schools in your area. Tuesday 28th November, 4.30-6pm at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, Wellingborough NN8 4RP. Email Lily Hawkins to book a place. Email

The SEND, Inclusion and Vulnerable Learners (SIVL) Chartered College Network is running its first thematic hub network meeting, with keynote speaker Sarah Earle. The event is focusing on assessment for SEND and vulnerable learners on Wednesday 29th November 4pm-6pm at The Springfields Academy, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0DS. For further details email:

The Enabling Learning Chartered College Network is organising a course to develop your awareness and understanding of autism on Wednesday November 29th, 4.30-6.30pm. Venue: The Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth Park, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 4HF. Led by Lucy Reeve, this course will support you in:
• Identifying the four key areas of difference that need to be taken into account
• Knowing the importance of understanding the individual pupil and their profile of strengths and areas for development
• Identifying the key areas to help pupils on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers, families and people in their community
• Developing an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that pupils may experience.Attendees will receive a certificate, issued by the Autism Education Trust, following the training.
The course is limited to 30 participants and priority will be given to members of the Chartered College. Further information can be found at schools-making-sense- of-autism/ Email:

University of Winchester Chartered College Network Assessment in Practice – Developing Evidence to Guide and Support Student Achievement Wednesday 6th December, 2017 at The University of Winchester. Refreshments from 4pm, with the main event 4.30pm – 6pm. This launch event of the University of Winchester CCT network will focus on assessment, looking at the issues, the evidence and the practice of local schools and teachers. Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event. Email:

The University of Portsmouth Chartered College Network has a session on Wednesday 13th December 5-7pm with Philip Campagna (Bath Spa University) presenting ‘Developing pupil independence in the KS3 languages classroom: Skills-based teaching and learning’. This free workshop provides practical advice to create a classroom environment where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired. The practical session examines the role of phonics, use of authentic texts and spontaneous speaking in line with the MFL GCSE. For further details and booking arrangements email:

The MFL Evidence-Based Chartered College Network presents, ‘What works in MFL and why’ Acclaimed practitioners representing the broad spectrum of MFL teaching philosophy will be explaining what their approach entails and why it works. Having heard each of them talk, you will have the opportunity to see them debate each other on the ingredients of effective MFL teaching. Speakers include Jess Lund, Head of MFL at Michaela Community School, Steve Smith, author of , and Noémie Neighbour, Head of MFL at Wisbech Grammar School. Date: Wednesday 20th December, 9.45am to 12.45pm. Venue: North Bridge House Senior & Sixth Form, 6-9 Canonbury Place N1 2NQ London £16.52 for CCT members. For more details, or to reserve a place, contact

OCR A-LEVEL THEATRE STUDIES AND GCSE DRAMA Session with Karen Latto, Ashlawn School Chartered College Network invites members to attend two sessions on Friday 1st December 12-3pm. Session 1 Professional learning focus: Exploring how to use practical exploration to enable students' success in the written exam, 'Deconstructing Texts'. Session 2, Professional learning focus: Exploring how to use practical exploration to enable our students' success in Section A of the written exam. Plus an informal opportunity to share good practice. Venue: The Ashlawn School, Rugby CV22 5ET. Cost £12 per participant. Email:

Reading… with love and comprehension - A session with UKLA President David Reedy who will share his wonderful expertise to present evidence and best practice in both reading comprehension and development of pleasure in reading 8th January 1-4pm Learning Leaders Chartered College Network. Venue: Albert Village Community Primary School, Occupation Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE118HA. Email:

The Millais Alliance Chartered College Network is holding an event on ‘The Rising Challenge of Mental Health in Schools’, Thursday 18th January 4-7pm with guest speaker, Dr Sue Roffey. The event is being held at The Millais School, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5HR. For further information and booking email:

The University of East London Collaborative Partnership Chartered College Network has launched its network programme of focused CPD support for mentors, coaches, Trainees, NQTs, RQTs and school leaders. Network lead, Lizana Oberholzer and her team are keen to develop a strong and focused network to support colleagues all the way through their career with the aim to impact positively on pupils' learning and progress. For further information email

For more information about our current networks please see the Chartered College website: If you are interested in setting up a network contact Julia Flutter, Research Partnerships and Networks Manager (email
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