Education research carried out in Harlow was shared at a conference for new teachers.

Communities / Sat 29th Aug 2015 at 07:04am

BURNT Mill Academy, in First Avenue, is involved in numerous research projects as part of its membership of the West Essex Teaching School Alliance (WETSA).

Along with Davenant Foundation School and St John’s Primary School, the school – and the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust – has a responsibility to lead and share research.

They have taken part in research into brain training, cognitive online gaming, peer observation and health and wellbeing in teenagers.

Details of these projects and their findings to date were shared at the first research and development conference at St John’s School, Epping.

Set out like a market, visitors were able to visit stalls to pick up new ideas.

Paul Williams, assistant headteacher at Burnt Mill with responsibility for research, said: “This was an opportunity for us to lay out our wares and for trainee and newly qualified teachers to visit our stalls to learn about our research and findings.

“As an outstanding school, we have a responsibility to share best practise and this was an ideal way of achieving that. Our staff have worked hard on these research projects and this gave them the recognition they deserved.”

The school has worked with the Institute of Education, the UCL, the University of Bristol and Anglia Ruskin University to carry out these research projects.

It is hoped the conference will be held at least annually in future.

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