Developing an Action Research Project

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London Centre October 16th, 2018 9:30 am $719.40
Northern Centre October 3rd, 2018 9:30 am $719.40

Product Description

Getting involved in research as an individual practitioner can be highly rewarding but becoming actively involved as leader takes it to a different level. This creates the transformative prospect of staff becoming part of a learning community, investigating the causes of everyday challenges and putting strategies in place to achieve improvements. Join these Action Research communities of practice to inspire thinking, challenge practice and provoke innovation.

Day One: Learning how to be a researcher
This first session includes an introduction to Action Research as a cyclic, participative, qualitative and reflective research method. Delegates will consider the action research cycle of plan, act, observe, reflect and explore how the method is emergent and responsive to questions of practice in their own schools.
The session facilitates delegates to choose a focus of their study and plan their own enquiry back in school. The day also includes an overview of the ethical responsibilities of undertaking action research.

Days Two & Three: Challenging Thinking and Honing Skills
These two sessions provide the opportunity to work in small groups, supported by the course tutor to hone the research approach, discuss progress and think about the act/observe stage of the process.  There will be opportunities to reflect on any barriers and limitations within the research project and to think about next steps.

Day Four: Reflecting on Learning and Embedding Action Research
The concluding day is facilitated for delegates to share their analysis, consider the implications of their findings and reflect on their individual learning.  Day four of the project also offers opportunities for sharing the research undertaken with colleagues in an oral/poster presentation communicating outcomes and impact.
Opportunities for sharing the research in the public domain via websites and professional conferences will also be explored.


  • Engage in enquiry with Early Excellence consultants, exploring and building an evidence base for effective practice
  • Develop criticality and reflexive thinking on subjects pertinent to your personal and professional interests
  • Research an area of practice or provision with a responsive method which offers the opportunity to generate real change in your school/setting
  • Become part of a research community leading the development of evidenced based practice
Course type
Four Day Course
Course duration


Led by
Julie Fisher
Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Teachers