Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Action Research

All staff across the academy complete an Action Research project over the academic year. The aim is to improve an aspect of the individuals practice. Staff choose the focus for their project in consultation with their line manager. There are a number of structured sessions run throughout the year to guide staff through the process including: selecting a focus (an area of practice which needs improvement), identifying research questions, clarifying theories and conducting a literature review, collecting and analysing data, reporting results, and taking informed action. In the second half of the summer term (SU2), staff present their Action Research projects in the main academy hall in the form of a gallery walk. This provides all staff with the opportunity to read and comment on each other’s projects, and take away further ideas to improve their own practice based on evidence that is contextualised and relevant to the academy.

Examples of topics from this year include:

  • Quality of written feedback
  • Pace of lessons
  • Student leadership
  • Rewards systems in lessons
  • Student engagement
  • Improving literacy
  • Using effective questioning to improve progress
  • How to improve exam techniques
  • Differentiation
  • Increasing the significance of Citizenship across the school
  • Using data effectively
  • Quality of tutor time provision
  • Strategies to challenge the more able
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment for Learning strategies
  • Engaging SEND students in practical subjects
  • Increasing the attainment of MA students
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Project Based Learning to improve engagement and progress
  • Use of enterprise skills
  • Increasing the significance of Literacy across the school
  • Improving language skills through technology
  • Strategies to increase fluency in MFL
  • Targeted writing to accelerate progress
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Promoting independent learning
  • Increasing the significance of Numeracy across the school
  • Increasing problem solving skills

Next academic year we are looking at staff working in small groups to research Academy priorities such as the embedding of Enterprise Skills within lessons, in addition to individual research projects on areas of personal interest.

Title Date  
Action Research Presentation MCH 29th Nov 2016 Download
Action Research Proposal Form 29th Nov 2016 Download