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Current Academic/ Practitioner Research

This page will regularly be updated with examples of Practitioner Research, Academic Research and our "In Conversation..." series, where we speak to teachers about their projects and best practice.

Practitioner Research

Growing Practitioner Enquiry through a model of Professional Noticing

Senior Education Officer Charlaine Simpson visited Stephanie Brown, Depute Headteacher at Cornton Primary School to find out more about how they have supported Numeracy through a Practitioner Enquiry model.

Growing Practitioner Enquiry through a model of Professional Noticing

Leading Learning Through Collaborative Enquiry

George Gilchrist, Headteacher at Parkside and Ancrum Primary Schools, Scottish Borders Council, has provided the following article discussing how collaborative enquiry is used as a model for professional learning in the schools he leads.

Leading Learning Through Collaborative Enquiry

Academic Research

Research and professional practice in Scottish education

This chapter from University of Glasgow's Professor Christine Forde explores the relationship between educational research and professional practice in education by examining the place accorded teacher research in current policy and developments in Scottish education.

Closing the attainment gap in Scottish education

A recent report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation by Edward Sosu and Sue Ellis from University of Strathclyde explores issues around the education attainment gap associated with poverty in Scotland. This is a significant issue in Scottish education and it is important that all in the education system can better understand what the issues are and look at ways to take action to help close this gap. This relates well to the values embedded in the GTCS Standards and the importance of social justice.

The summary report is available below:

You can view the full version at:

Teachers' perceptions of pupil active citizenship and the transition from primary to secondary school

Previously, Jane Brown ( and Hamish Ross ( of The University of Edinburgh looked at teachers' perceptions of primary-secondary transition and school citizenship. Although there have been significant studies of both transition and school citizenship, including in Scotland, the relationship between the two is internationally under-researched. The researched involved four clusters, 17 schools and 53 teachers and was funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation. A summary of the project along with the full project report can be found in the Useful Links section.

Interested in primary-secondary transition? There are lots of references in the report (researched in late 2012) but Jane and Hamish suggest these as starters and explain why:

In conversation...

Building the school community through a refurbishment project

In conversation with Steph Brown, DHT at Cornton Primary School. Steph discussed the community served by Cornton Primary School and explained the rich community spirit that supports all of the learners in the community.

Building the school community through a refurbishment project

One School’s Journey into Practitioner Enquiry

In conversation with George Roberts, Headteacher of Danestone Primary School in Aberdeen City, we explore how he and his team have developed a learning culture in the school to become an community of enquiry.

One School's Journey into Practitioner Enquiry

Positive Families

In conversation with Lisa Sturrock, PT Personal Support, Graeme High School, Falkirk, discussing the Positive Families project and her learning through this project

Positive Families


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