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Past event Part of series: Principles into Practice: Supporting Practitioner Research

From Action Research to Intervention – The Aspirations Game


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An example of action research in a Secondary Academy using qualitative research to explore attainment gaps. The aim of the project was to respond to school improvement targets (which are informed by quantitative data on attainment). The groups that were identified as making less progress were boys, SEND and FSM/PP, students who belong to two or more of these groups were especially important as a focus for school improvement.

A sequential, explanatory study design was used to gather parent and student perspectives via online surveys and discussion groups. The results from phase 1 and 2 informed discussions at Senior Leadership level regarding school behaviour policies. The results of phase 3 showed that students see themselves in social groups and there are gender differences in the peer pressure to fit in. Students have holistic definitions of success. In phase 4 Insights from the study were used to create a board game for delivery to students at KS4 modelling how students navigate popularity and success. Production of the board game for KS4 tutor groups was funded by a successful, student led funding bid to HeadStart Kent. The Learning support department has now adopted the game as one of their materials for working with SEND students.

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Keynote Speaker

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Claire Tyson, Dr

Teacher Researcher at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Claire Tyson is a teacher researcher based at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, where she combines teaching science with her research post. Her PhD was obtained by studying part time with Queen Mary, University of London in Clinical...


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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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