Research Champions Current Initiatives

Research Champions are currently engaging in a wide range of research activities, both independently and collaboratively.

Our current collaborative research projects include:

  • Mentoring of Pupil Premium students
  • Anxiety associated with assessment feedback.


Current Deanery Research Champions

Cheney School
Tamara Ingamells

Tamara has been teaching since 2009, and is Assistant to the KS3 Lead in the Science Department.




Cherwell School
Jan Avery-Harris

Jan is the Research Lead for Cherwell School and her specialism is Dance & Drama. She is working with Kate Thirlwall on a Professional Learning Programme for teachers in their second year of practise. The current project aims to look at developing appropriate language and teaching approaches to overcome the barriers created by students’ affective responses to their learning experience.

Matthew Arnold School
Eluned Harris

Eluned is the Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning at Matthew Arnold School. The current Teaching and Learning priorities at Matthew Arnold School are: Inclusive Teaching ( high quality first touch inclusive teaching); Acting on formative feedback; and Enhancing subject expertise. Finally, throughout the school, Matthew Arnold are promoting a self-reflective  culture that requires teachers and leaders to consistently evaluate “what works”.

Oxford Spires Academy
Helen Woolley

Helen’s current role is to conduct her own research and to co-ordinate a group of teacher researchers who are carrying out research in their own area or an area of interest to themselves.

Helen and Simon Bayliss are lead authors on a document summarising the importance of feedback in schools. They collaborated with the Oxford Spires Academy Feedback Research Group and contributions were also  made  by :  Madeleine Adams, Dianne Aspinall, Gillian Barnes, Helen Beech, Karen Dix, Rebekah Finch, Mark Peters and Timothy. See the Deanery’s interview with Helen to find out more on the features of effective feedback.

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Oxfordshire Hospital School
Nicholas Collins, Teacher Adolescent Psychiatric Unit & Educational Visits Coordinator

Past Experience: I have worked as a mainstream Humanities teacher, before moving into the special school sector. My initial post in the special school sector was a prototype post to conduct targeted interventions to get excluded children in care back into education before taking up my post as a Hospital School teacher. Alongside this, I have carried out targeted revision days and extracurricular engagement activities for vulnerable learners.

Training: I have also delivered supporting mental health in school training to both mainstream and special schools as part of developing, and improving integration practises.

The Army: I have over the last 10 years served as a non-commissioned officer in the Territorial Army and then as an officer in the Special Constabulary. I have also worked as a volunteer teacher in a remote Belizean jungle village and in a Kenyan slum.

St Gregory the Great Catholic School
Dr Rodger Caseby

I have been teaching Science since 1992 and I am currently the Vice Principal and Research Champion at St Gregory the great school.

The Isis Academy
Tom Procter-Legg - Assistant Head Teacher responsible for curriculum development KS3 and KS4

Tom is an Art Specialist, and has a specific interest in the Autism Spectrum Condition. Tom was a Participant in the NSEAD ‘Thinking Expression Action’ research project. He has also published an article for NSEAD Spring 2013. For more information on both of these please see the links below.

The Oxford Academy
Hannah Powell

Hannah is Head of Performing Arts and a Lead Practitioner

Wheatley Park School
Katie Clifton Rabone- Science Teacher

Katie Clifton Rabone, Lucie Jose and Ali Twyford have worked in science and maths to develop assessment systems to diagnose students’ learning needs and to shape their own pedagogies.

The ideas will be shared more broadly with colleagues.

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