Kyra Journal

The Kyra Journal is published 6 times per year. It contains news and updates on what’s happening within the alliance and each edition has a focus on one area of activity.

March 2017

Evidence Enabling Excellence: the growing role of research in our school

A Warm Welcome to this edition of the Kyra Journal

I am very proud to have started my role as Research and Development leader for our new Research School. Having worked for the National College for Teaching and Leadership for a number of years, most recently as Senior Manager for School-led Research and Development, I have been inspired by the way in which so many schools and school leaders have increasingly taken on responsibility for undertaking and disseminating research – and the impact it is having in their classrooms. The Research Schools model is a natural development for taking school-led research to scale and unleashing the potential of research to make a difference to children’s learning and development.

Kyra’s designation as one of the first five Research Schools will cement its important role in connecting and involving teachers and leaders with research. This month’s Research School launch conference demonstrated the huge interest, passion and commitment amongst many schools within Lincolnshire and beyond. There is a lot to do, but we begin from a strong base and with ambition for children at the heart of everything we do.

This edition of the Kyra Journal provides a useful introduction to the role research is already playing in our schools, the plans for the Research School, and the ways in which schools will be supported to engage with and be involved in research into the future.

I hope that you enjoy reading the case studies and interviews featured in this edition, and please do feel free to get in touch with me at: if you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved.

With best wishes,


Juliet Brookes

Research & Development Leader

Kyra Teaching School Alliance

Kyra Journal March 2017 – Evidence Enabling Excellence

You can read the individual articles from the March edition of the journal by following the links below.

  1. What is the Kyra Research School?
  2. In Summary Kyra Research Conference 2017
  3. Shifting mindsets – how school-based research has been transformational for children and staff
  4. The big interview: James Richardson
  5. An introduction to the Chartered College of Teaching
  6. Research Digest February 2017