As part of the national Closing the Gap Test and Learn project, we engaged with 3 of the 7 possible interventions. Elizabethan Academy are trialing Research Lesson Study and Growth Mindsets for 2014-15.

  • Research Leads: Lynda Saxelby and Sarah Whithall
  • Check back here soon to read the results of the research when it is published.


George Spencer Academy have been trialling Achievement for All for 2 years 2013-2015.

  • Research Leads: Peter Allen and Sarah Torrance
  • Check back here soon to read the results of the research when it is published.


  • GSA TSA have been one of the case study Teaching Schools engaged with the DfE and University of Nottingham in evaluating the impact of Teaching Schools


  • GSA TSA contributed to research in to MFL teaching with CfBT. The report 'The quiet revolution' can be accessed here or from CfBT's website following report and is well worth reading and includes an article written by the GSA MFL curriculum leader, Ms Lorraine George.


  • All Teaching Schools were invited to bid for R and D national theme projects. GSA successfully bid for one of these national themes: leadership of effective pedagogy. Follow this link for access to the final report and the case studies.




As one of the 34 national Maths Hubs, we are engaged in a range of national and international projects;


Trialing the use of Singapore mathematics textbooks

  • Research Schools: Mellors Primary School and Bulwell St Mary's Primary School Nottingham. More schools will be added shortly
  • Check back here soon to read the results of the research when it is published.



The England-Shanghai mathematics exchange project with a focus on Mastery



7 of our Alliance schools are currently engaged with the University of Nottingham in a large-scale research project on why teachers leave the profession and why they return

  • Check back here soon to read the results of the research when it is published.



4 of our alliance schools working with a larger group of schools have been engaged with the LeMaPS University of Nottingham Lesson Study project which is now running into its second year. As part of this project, two mathematics teachers from GSA have been lucky enough to visit Japan - the home of Lesson Study.





The project aims to address the following questions...

  • How can models of professional learning for secondary school teachers, based on lesson study, be developed and sustained within current and changing systems and structures of school governance and funding mechanisms?
  • What supporting tools would help collaborative partnerships to implement lesson study for mathematical problem solving in effective ways that are both sustainable and scalable?

           - Click here for more information Lessons for Mathematical Problem Solving

           - Check back here soon to read the results of the research when it is published.



Developing lesson study approaches


  • This project aims to build on this and is being co-led through the Maths Hubs by Matilde Warden (East Midlands West) and Simon Mazumder (NW1). The NCETM link will be Jane Imrie.

Lesson study provides a powerful model for improving teaching and learning, whether in the context of problem solving, or with different foci. However, there are many interpretations of “lesson study”, from those that are built on research, and/or which are faithful to existing models, such as that in Japan, and others which offer little more than shared observation. A form of lesson study was used in the multiplicative reasoning project and the CMSP also uses a lesson study model. It would be helpful, therefore to draw on all the current activity and identify key principles and practices underpinning lesson study as well as to provide guidance to support schools wishing to adopt a lesson study approach, particularly with regard to lessons around the new curriculum and qualifications.

The project will draw particularly, but not exclusively, on the work of University of Nottingham and the LEMaPS project. There will be development work with Maths Hubs and the University of Nottingham to identify key principles and practices and to produce a toolkit for wider use. More broadly, the project will seek to draw in other collaborative projects (particularly those focused on developing resources for the new curriculum and qualifications) to explore how a lesson study model might refine and embed the resources in practice.



Wyndham Primary Academy Enthuse Project 2014-2016


  • This project aims to co-ordinate National Curriculum change in Science across the Teaching School Alliance Partnership (Fairfield Primary, Bispham Drive Primary, Chetwynd Road Primary, Wyndham Primary Academy, Sunnyside Primary, Portland and Glenbrook Primary schools), and to increase attainment for Years 1 and 5 (2 and 6) in our most able students.


Outcomes of the Project

  • A collaborative approach to Science teaching – across both the partnership schools and also through the network meetings with secondary science involvement.
  • STEM leaders from George Spencer were used as a template for the STEM leaders created in Wyndham Academy
  • Sharing of best practice between schools was incredibly important and looking toward a more cohesive teaching of the new national curriculum clearing embedded in all schools
  • Enhanced profile of Science in all schools to help raise achievement in Science delivery
  • Availability of equipment for schools to ensure science provision is well catered for
  • PSQM successful in one school, two more are currently going through the process
  • Improved networking through Science subject leader meetings between all schools.


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