Resident Thinker

A key objective in our Federation Strategic Plan is:

To become a self-improving Federation where all schools rigorously evaluate the quality of the education they offer, understand what they need to do to improve, take action and evaluate its impact so they can achieve together.

All schools are judged to be at least as good with many outstanding features  by OFSTED and the school’s own self evaluation. To provide a consistently outstanding quality of education across all three schools we need to maximise opportunities to learn with and from each other across the Federation and with other partners.

We need to embed a research-based culture where strategies to improve are investigated, trialled and rigorously assessed in terms of outcomes for children based on informative evidence. This will increase our capacity to develop further and achieve together.

We have developed positive partnership with other agencies and schools through the Teaching Schools Alliance (ETC) and local networks. We will continue to build on these partnerships so we can support and challenge ourselves and our partners.

To support us in our development to become research focussed we are working with Dr. Chris Brown who is our “Resident Thinker”


Dr. Chris Brown is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Education (London Centre for Leadership in Learning)


With a long standing interest in how evidence can aid teaching practice, Chris has written four books (including ‘Leading the Use of Research and Evidence in schools’), several papers and has presented on the subject at a number of international conferences in Europe, and North America.


Chris has extensive experience of leading a range of funded projects, many of which seek to help practitioners to identify and scale up best practice, and was recently awarded a significant grant by the Education Endowment Foundation to work with 100+ primary schools in England to increase their use of research.


In 2015 Chris was awarded the American Educational Research Association ‘Emerging Scholar’ award (Education Change SIG). The award is presented to an individual who, within the first eight years of the career of an educational scholar, has demonstrated a strong record of original and significant scholarship related to educational change. This was followed in 2016 with the American Educational Research Association’s ‘Excellence in Research to Practice’ award (Research Use SIG). This latter award is presented for exemplary performance in moving research into the field of practice and is based on scholarship that brings substantive attention to the degree to which research is applied and sustained in decision-making, practice or school policy.

Chris Brown