The Enquiring Schools programme is a high-quality Continuing Professional Developing (CPD) programme that helps to develop a culture of enquiry and professional growth in schools. It works by involving teachers in small-scale evidence-informed classroom enquiry, building a bridge between research evidence and everyday classroom practice.
The programme, previously developed and delivered by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), consists of a blend of face-to-face workshops and personalised coaching in order to support innovation and improvement in teaching and learning.
Since 2012, Enquiring Schools has been adopted by more than 50 schools, academy chains and organisations across the UK.
Research tells us that the most effective form of professional development:
The Enquiring Schools programme has been carefully designed to make the most of these strategies.
When researchers investigated the factors that most influence the decisions teachers make, they found that, ‘research undertaken by me’ to be twice as influential as ‘evidence presented by a research organisation’. This is another reason why teacher enquiry is such a powerful force for professional growth.
Alongside our facilitated workshops we put a great emphasis on supporting individuals and groups with expert coaching and mentoring sessions.
Evidence tells us that coaching and mentoring is one of the most effective methods of supporting professional growth.
Our aim is to help develop practitioners who reflect on their impact, engage in thoughtful enquiry to try out new ideas and use evidence from research to support innovation and improvement.
Many participants tell us that engaging in the Enquiring Schools programme has a led to a significant impact on their thinking and their teaching, and that this has led to real benefits for students.
The Enquiring Schools programme is a CPD programme for classroom teachers and leaders interested in using evidence-informed enquiry to innovate and improve.
Involving students in enquiry often adds a powerful dimension to projects.
From 2020 we are offering a special series of micro-enquiries focusing on Metacognition - which evidence suggests is one of the most effective ways to improve students learning.
Our bespoke consultancy service is designed to support Enquiring Leaders, Research Leads and Heads of CPD establish disciplined enquiry as a key approach to intelligence gathering and decision making.