At the CPTSA we are involved in many areas of research and development.

Young Researchers

This innovative project is now well under way for 2017.  We are working in partnership with UCB on this innovative project,  which is now in its 3rd year. This year there are 8 Alliance schools involved, all taking part in active research. Pupils from Yr 1 to Yr 6 from across the Alliance and even a school in Dubai  are working on real research projects within their own school settings.A recent aspirational visit to UCB to learn about what research is, was a great success.
We will be holding a conference for the all the young researchers at UCB on June 27th 2017 and are delighted to be joined  at this event by Professor Jean McNiff.
This is a fantastic opportunity to activate your pupils voice in shaping the strategic direction of your school. We offer each school a small amount of funding to carry out the project. If your school is interested in taking part, please email 

{Beyond Levels: Published Research}

We are delighted to have our first piece of CPTSA research published by the DfE. The Beyond Levels research project was led by Vicki Sumner and a committed team made up from our partner schools across the Alliance. We would like to thank all the team for their energy, hard work and expertise.

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What makes great professional development that leads to consistently great pedagogy?

The focus of this research project was to investigate the impact that a sustained programme of Continued Professional Development could have on the outcomes and confidence levels of a cohort of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) attached to the Colmore Partnership Teaching School Alliance. 

In particular we were interested whether a particular teaching approach used on the programme made any significant difference or whether other factors had an impact on the outcomes.  

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NFER Research January 2017  Insights into the roles of R and D in Teaching Schools

The CPTSA took part in a national survey undertaken by the NFER on the role of Research and Development within a Teaching School

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