7b – Staff have access to and engage with research

Meaning – Staff have access to various forms of research and research summaries. Some staff actively share and disseminate relevant research, particularly within departments. There is an understanding that there is better and worse research, and that some research is possible to generalise from and some is not. There are opportunities for staff to discuss, unpick and challenge research.

Examples of what that would mean in practice –

A school has a research book club that meet monthly to discuss a particular piece of research that the group has chosen. It is voluntary and staff read the research beforehand, discuss it, and then share their reflections with all staff via email.

As part of department meetings, staff are expected to read a brief research summary and, at the beginning of every meeting, there is a discussion around its relevance, value and possible implications for staff.