School-led Action Research
Teachers as Researchers
Lipson has a proud tradition of encouraging staff to be fully involved in CPD including postgraduate programmes of study, recognising the importance of teachers engaging in research as a vital element of an outstanding school. It also matches our values as a cooperative academy to work together to improve our understanding and expertise. John West Burnham eloquently captured the importance of teachers being engaged in a recent conference, citing the following advantages:
- It challenges ‘false prophets’
- Speaks the ‘truth’ to authority
- Deconstructs socially reality
- Promotes social justice
- Builds knowledge base and expertise
- Aids promotion
Staff at Lipson are encouraged to embark on postgraduate research reflecting our commitment as an academy to on-going study and to being at the cutting edge of educational research. Most of our research is undertaken alongside the University of Plymouth or the University of St Mark and St John, again demonstrating our commitment to developing local relationships. However, we do encourage staff to look for the most appropriate opportunities so have had staff work alongside RADA on postgraduate research too.
Teachers are, by their very nature, busy people but every one of these staff involved in educational research would agree that engagement in research is immensely rewarding both professionally and personally but it is also hard word, requiring a real commitment in terms of time and workload. It is this commitment to further study that makes the research community at Lipson such a vibrant group.