Westbridge Teaching School Alliance are committed to their role in school based research.
Westbridge Teaching School has continued to develop teacher-led research opportunities. We have recently completed two, Neuroscience-informed, teacher-led randomised control trials. Both trials focuses upon aspects of Retrieval practice that are founded in Neuroscience. For more information regarding the trials, please click the links below.
We can highly-recommend two books which were central to the design of of our research:
This academic year, we have also designed and implemented a further randomised control trial entitled, 'Attend Today; Achieve Tomorrow' in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership. Its intention is to raise attainment and improve attendance through the introduction of Breakfast Club provision and small group reading tuition. Our trial is fully explained in this summary of our research design. Please click here for more information.
The results from this trial are currently being analysed and we hope to bring you a poster of the impact very soon.
We have been a part of National Research on "Closing the Gap". Results of the 2 year study are now available, please click here.
Following on from this research, Westfield and Platt Bridge have both embedded growth mindset principals and continue to explore the impact of this approach with groups and individuals.
Are spelling tests worth doing?
Our preliminary study into the effects of a weekly spelling tests indicate that pupils who have a weekly spelling test remember more words taught than pupils who do not have a test.
As this was a preliminary study we are now repeating the research with an increased number of pupils from years 3 to 6.
Please click here for more information.
Impact of Study
We have developed a spelling incentives scheme in each year group to promote learning spellings indentified in the National Curriculum through which a weekly spelling test earns you a spelling reward.