We believe strongly in research-based development for all of our staff, and project groups provide opportunities for colleagues to come together and share their research to a wider audience of peers and senior leaders. Via these network groups, staff have the chance to work on action research projects to investigate a line of enquiry more fully. These tend to be smaller groups who carry out inter-sessional tasks as part of the research before feeding back to other members across the Trust.
Within each subject area there are well established network groups to exemplify and develop the pedagogy within that subject area and support one another in a host of ways. Beyond subject specific groups, key leaders within schools have similar networks – Pupil Premium Leads, Assistant Principals and SENDCos.
As well as supporting the progression of a subject through a school, we have mechanisms to support its development across a year group ,and so timetabled across the year are opportunities for year group colleagues to meet and moderate work within their own year group.
From all of these groups, themes relevant to schools across the Trust are isolated and project groups set up on an annual basis to drive practice forward. These project groups meet termly, often facilitated by a consultant, in order to investigate and report back findings to senior leadership within schools.