Research & Development

The Big 6 - Research and development

To meet this responsibility, we are expected to:

  • build on existing research and contribute to alliance and wider priorities
  • base new initiatives within your alliance on existing evidence and ensure you can measure them
  • work with other teaching schools in your area, or nationally, where appropriate
  • ensure that your staff use existing evidence
  • allow your staff the time and support they need take part in research and development activities
  • share learning from research and development work with the wider school system

Closing the Gap Project 2015

4 schools undertook research into the 1stClass@Number intervention:

St Matthew's Catholic Primary: to improve pupil attainment
St Anthony's Catholic Primary: to improve pupil attainment

St Columba's Catholic Primary School  1stClass@Number To improve pupil attainment
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School: to close the gap between disadvantaged children and others


2 schools undertook a Numicon project:

Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, a Voluntary Academy: to improve attainment
Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School: to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils


1 school undertook a Response to Intervention (RTI) pilot:

St Anne's Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy: to improve attainment


This was part of a National Project, with all data collated to assess the impact of the interventions and teaching methods. This data was used to inform the Education Endowment Foundation's toolkit (aka Sutton Trust).