Action Research Fellowship Current and Recent Projects

The Action Research Champions of 2016-2017 presented their findings at the Department of Education in Autumn 2017. For further information about any of these projects please contact Katharine Burn. (

Name School Research Topic
Dom Burrell John Mason School Stretch and challenge for higher attainers
Tina Herringshaw John Mason School Resilience and growth mind sets
David Bates John  Mason School Use of Chromebooks: impact in the classroom
Jake Wilson King Alfred’s Academy Metacognitive strategies for problem solving
Anne-Marie Wavell King Alfred’s Academy Using museums to improve the engagement and cultural literacy of pupil premium students
Nadya Holcombe Matthew Arnold School Pupil premium students and attendance

The Action Research Fellowship, based in local Oxford secondary schools, builds on practitioner research capacity within and across schools.  The following studies were conducted in 2015/16.

Name School Research Topic
Ruth Smith  Marlborough School Extended written explanations in science.
Alison Thomas  Marlborough School Encouraging students’ independent evaluation and critical response to art works.
Zena Lanzak and Louise MacKenzie Henry Box School Reading for meaning, developing students’ inference skills
Rebecca Timms Henry Box School Developing written explanation in science through informal drafting.
Rachel Cardani Wood Green School Developing history students’ understanding of question demands
Steph Tranter Wood Green School Developing reading for understanding in A-level history
Andy Gosnell Wood Green School Promoting students’ confidence in the use of mathematical language


Carly Francis completed her Action Research Fellowship and presented her findings. The powerpoint summarising her research can be found here: Carly Francis ARF Presentation.

As part of this Ian Thompson led a session at Oxford Spires Academy to support the fellowship scheme and produced a summary of Practioner Action Research Methods. This provides a useful overview of research references and question prompts to think about when conducting a research project as a School Practitioner. Also, Nigel Fancourt and Anne Edwards have produced an overview of  Teachers as Learners (2012).

Other resources which are useful for those thinking about carrying out an Action Research Fellowship or currently conducting one are the three reports below from the NTCL:

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