It is important that colleagues engage with research, it is also key that all processes in the school are underpinned by evidence and research. In terms of professional learning, when introducing key ideas or new strategies, the evidence base should be shared with colleagues.
- Often school leaders engage with research but do not necessarily share what they’ve learnt with colleagues – explaining the research base builds buy in to an approach.
- Ensure that the research base is explored and unpicked, explaining that ‘research says’ or ‘evidence shows’ without explaining the nature and detail of the evidence is insufficient.
Our advice on engaging with research gives guidance on how to begin to access and work with evidence. There are also a number of useful summary resources that can be a good starting point.