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30th November 2016

Embracing Change: Development Day

On the 30th November we saw 60 Heads, Leaders, Governors and School Business Managers come together for the 2016 the Kyra Development Day considering “What organisational structure is going to best serve the children in our care?”

We were privileged to hear from:
Sir David Carter speaking about children communities & standards … not just structures
Emma Knights, CEO of the NGA speaking about implications for governance
Simon Bramwell, NLE and CEO of Vantage Academies Trust, speaking about creating opportunity and capacity for growth and ambition for children.

The summary of the day and recommendations can be read in the report published in December 2016

Embracing Change Kyra Development Day 2016 Report

Embracing Change: Kyra Development Day Synopsis

6 October 2016

kyra-research-school-logo-2Lincolnshire schools to lead new regional research network

An alliance of Lincolnshire schools is to receive £200,000 in funding to help teachers across the county and the East Midlands make better use of evidence to inform classroom practice.

Kyra Teaching School Alliance – a partnership of over 50 schools led by Mount Street Academy, Lincoln – is just one of five across England to be chosen for the project to be part of a network of new Research Schools.

Each Research School will work to bridge the gap between education research and classroom practice, helping teachers make better use of evidence to implement ‘what works’ in their classrooms.

Kyra was chosen by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to lead the initiative in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands after a competitive process.

As a Research School Mount Street Academy will work with its Kyra Teaching School Alliance partner schools to build the network. These schools will be encouraged to make use of evidence-based resources and tools to develop their practice and improve outcomes for children.   The Kyra Research School will build partnerships, bring in existing networks and develop new ones across the East Midlands region.

The Kyra Research School will provide regular communication, events and training for leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom practice based on the best available evidence. Kyra will also support these schools to further improve practice and help them measure the effectiveness of their work.

Executive Head of Kyra Teaching School Alliance Marie-Claire Bretherton said: “There is lots of knowledge out there that will help school leaders and teachers to further improve their teaching and pupil results but it can be difficult to share research across schools in ways that really make a difference in the classroom.

“As a Research School we’ll be leading the way in bridging the gap between education research and the classroom. The work will create big benefits for pupils because it will encourage their teachers to use the latest research and knowledge of what practices are most effective in their classrooms”

“We feel really excited and privileged to be invited to become a part of the Research School Network. We feel that it is national acknowledgement of the valuable research work we’ve already carried out as an alliance and will play a major role in our aim to be ambitious for children.

“An added benefit will be that new knowledge into what works best in classrooms can be shared more easily between schools across the country through the other Research Schools.”

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation, added: “Evidence of what works is one of our most useful tools in the drive to improve educational standards. The launch of Research Schools is an important step by the EEF to supporting schools to make best use of it. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to partner with the Institute for Effective Education and fund the Research Schools network.”

The new networks were unveiled at the Department for Education’s West Midlands conference at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick today (Thursday 6 October). The other research schools are based in Macclesfield, York, Devon and Sandwell in the West Midlands. The EEF and IEE will appoint a further five research schools in 2016-17.

Learn more about what we will do as the Kyra Research School here