It was so encouraging to read Dr Chris Brown’s evaluation of the impact of our commitment to Evidence Informed Practice:
Evaluating the Oaks Fed model for research engaged self-improvement
Dr. Chris Brown
The Oaks CE learning federation represents a family of three small Church Infant Schools based Hampshire who all work closely together under the leadership of the federation Headteacher and Governing Body. One of the federation’s improvement plan objectives is for it to become an evidence-informed federation where the schools collaborate to rigorously evaluate the quality of the education they offer, understand what they need to do to improve, to take appropriate evidence-informed action and evaluate the impact of their actions, enabling them to achieve together. To meet this objective, the executive headteacher of the federation devised a model of professional learning where (as of 2016) four of the statutory staff professional development (inset) days allocated to schools in England were dedicated solely to evidence-informed professional development. Using a cycle of enquiry approach, the aim of the model is to enable teachers to engage collaboratively with research, to identify new practices, to trial these practices, to measure their impact and then roll out the most successful within and across schools in the federation. This report provides an evaluation of the approach in relation to three key areas: 1) did the model help teachers become engaged with research; 2) did the model help teachers use the research to develop approaches to feedback with clear pathways to impact; and 3) have these new approaches had impact?