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Teacher Researcher Programme
The Teacher Researcher Programme gives teachers the opportunity to carry out research with the aim of improving learning and teaching, whilst also supporting teacher professionalism.
The Programme is open to all fully registered teachers working in Scottish schools who wish to research a topic linked to our research priorities.
What can I research?
Our research priorities change depending on what issues are current in teaching but our current priorities include:
|Curriculum for Excellence 3-18: flexibility and pupil choice|
|Teaching strategies to deal with Discipline and Behaviour Management|
|5-14 literacy and numeracy|
|The impact of formal education on 3 and 4 year olds|
|The effects of accelerated learning techniques|
|Positive effects of managing adults working in the classroom|
|The impact of inclusion on attainment and classroom ethos|
|Assessment across the curriculum, especially themes related to Assessment is for Learning|
|Secondary school/college partnerships|
|The Skills for Work programme|
|Primary teachers in the early years of Secondary Education|
|Challenges and opportunities facing refugee teachers in Scottish schools|
|Effective transition arrangements|
|Parental involvement in schools|
We will also consider applications from teachers with other innovative practice-led research ideas.
Am I eligible?
If you are a fully registered teacher working in a Scottish school you are eligible to apply for support through the Programme.
- These awards are not normally given to teachers undertaking postgraduate study
- Your research should normally take place within the United Kingdom.
How to apply
Teachers can apply at any time and successful applicants are funded for up to ten days' release from school to conduct their research and for approved expenses. In return they are asked to provide a report on their findings for sharing with others through this website.
Recent teachers researchers have explored the use of learning journals to support probationer teachers, digital media in the classroom and improving parental involvement in a primary school.
What's next? If you have an idea for a project, contact Gillian Hamilton on +44 (0)131 314 6046 or Email email@example.com
To speak to us about taking part in the Teacher Researcher Programme contact:
Gillian Hamilton, Head of Educational Services
T: +44 (0)131 314 6046
Rosa Murray has talked to two teachers about the research they have carried out, listen to the podcast:
Find out what participants think about the programme:
Teacher Researcher Programme - Case Study
Interested? Fill in our:
(You should consider issues of equality and diversity when preparing proposals).
If you prefer you can download and post us a paper copy of the application form: