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Action Research – Research into Action

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Action Research – Research into Action is a follow-up to our previous events under the titles of Research into Practice and Top Tips & Triggers. This time we are presenting a workshop in two parts, both of which will have activities where you will get to apply the learning for yourself. All of this will be online from 9:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday, 24 November 2021.

We are fortunate to have the Action Research session led by Jack Whitehead and Marie Huxtable. They bring a depth of experience about classroom research and action reflection. They will be sharing their experiences, and no doubt offer practical tips on Action Research as a theory/methodology and method.

The Research into Action session will be hosted by our speakers from the Top Tips & Triggers event:

  • Anna-Claire Norden, Headteacher Swavesey Primary School, will be getting delegates to consider the importance and role of school ethos in developing a research active community and how this can be implemented.
  • Rachael Foster, Deputy Headteacher and Teaching School Director, Blean Primary School, will provide insight into her Iceberg model, particularly about what is lurking under the water.
  • Islean Gibson, Headteacher Kinloch Rannock Primary School, identifies actions that can be taken to enable children in setting the school’s priorities so that staff, governors and parents listen to children’s views heard and act upon them.
  • Gaurav Dubay, Evidence Lead in Education at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys will share how he involved the pupils in an evidence initiative to encourage a school reading culture.
  • David Higginbottom considers how the outputs from research can be shared and disseminated to provide a legacy for research.

This is part of our ongoing commitment for education to be evidence-based and effective research.



Virtual Coffee and Chat


Welcome and Introductions


Keynotes: Jack Whitehead and Marie Huxtable – Action Research

Jack Whitehead and Marie Huxtable Presentation




Introduction to Research into Action


Anna-Claire Norden – The importance and role of school ethos in developing a research active community and how this can be implemented

Anna-Claire Norden Presentation


Rachael Foster – The Iceberg Model for Implementing a research active school

Rachael Foster Presentation


Breakout rooms, please choose in advance your preference:

Breakout room 1: Islean Gibson – Enabling primary school children in setting the school’s priorities

Islean Gibson Presentation

Breakout room 2: Gaurav Dubay – Involving secondary pupils in an evidence initiative to encourage a school reading culture

Gaurav Dubay Presentation


David Higginbottom – Disseminating research

David Higginbottom Presentation


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Carmel Capewell, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University

Carmel is a Lecturer in Early Years and Child Development at Oxford Brookes University. She has a strong interest in developing innovative research methods, particularly to encouraging the participation of young people in expressing and sharing...

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Alison Fox, Dr

Senior Lecturer at The Open University

Dr Alison Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Open University in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport, an Associate Head of School (Research and Knowledge Exchange), chair of the University’s Human Research Ethics...


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Jack Whitehead, Dr

PhD Supervisor/Visiting Professor in Education at University of Cumbria

Jack Whitehead is a Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria. He is a former president of the British Educational Research Association and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Westminster College, Utah. He is a Visiting Professor at...

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Marie Huxtable, Dr

Visiting Research Fellow at University of Cumbria

Marie Huxtable practiced as an Educational Psychologist in English Local Authorities. For the final 15 years of her career she developed and implemented an inclusive educational policy to improve educational experiences for school children and...


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Anna-Claire Norden, Mrs

Headteacher at Swavesey Primary School

Anna has 29 years of teaching experience in primary education, with the last 9 as the headteacher of two different schools. Anna is a proactive supporter of ITT and is at present the co-chair of the PGCE standing committee at the Faculty of...

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Rachael Foster, Ms

Headteacher / Teaching School Director at Blean CP School

Rachael Foster is the Headteacher of Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary school in Wye, Kent. She has previously led a Teaching School and has over 15 years’ experience of school leadership. She has been actively involved in research over a...

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Islean Gibson, Miss

Headteacher at Dounby Community School

Islean Gibson is from Dounby Community School. With Rhona Black, she is in the thick of developing learner-led action research across the school. As a team, Islean and Rhona have been exploring the meaning of belonging to a school community and...

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Gaurav Dubay, Mr

Evidence Lead in Education at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School For Boys

Gaurav Dubay is Head of English at a unique inner-city grammar school in Birmingham. In addition to this, he works as the English Subject Network Lead for the King Edward VI Trust and as an Evidence Lead in Education on behalf of St Matthew’s...

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David Higginbottom, Mr

Assistant Headteacher at GFM Education (Bay House School and Brune Park School)

David is a School Improvement Lead at HISP Multi Academy Trust and is the Early Career Teacher Lead for HISP Teaching School Hub. With ten years of teaching experience, as a Geography teacher in the secondary sector and with teaching experience...