Research & Development

The CLASS Teaching School Alliance is committed to undertaking research which can be used to inform practice and contribute to building an SEN focussed learning community where our teachers, leaders and staff can share their learning with others.

We are developing a variety of ways in which colleagues can work together to improve provision and outcomes within and between schools. Staff are going to be leading action research projects and sharing findings, exploring existing knowledge, stimulating professional discussion and brokering small groups of researchers working together on shared issues.

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) via the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) are also working in partnership with us to achieve the formation of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) across Kent.

By involving all 24 CLASS schools from across the dimensions we will soon, due to the MA Negotiated Module, have 20 plus pieces of small to medium scale research as the first stage of our PLC.

CCCU themselves are  drawing this research together and will be writing it up as an action research  project in its own right  that will be used and published as a case study as best practice in the initiation and creation of a large, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities- specific learning community.

The completed projects will be shared via the CLASS website and there are plans to hold a conference in the near future to showcase our work.

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