The Perse School is committed to the idea of a research community in which staff can develop their understanding of pedagogy and educational issues through supported and structured research. It is our aspiration that all staff have the opportunity to pursue research activities and disseminate their findings both within and beyond the school. In this way, we see the sharing of research as a key way to strengthen good practice at The Perse.
Our definition of educational research embraces the following:
- 3,000 word research projects for the annual research award and/or for a threshold 3 application.
- Small scale action research projects leading to some form of internal dissemination, within departments, across departments and to the senior leadership team and governors.
- CamSTAR research projects.
- MEd level and D.Phil. research.
- Any research undertaken by visitors to the school, including those on PGCE courses.
- All research leading to external dissemination externally, including conferences and publication.
We expect all those carrying out research in The Perse School to conform to the following Code of Conduct.
- All researchers must have read and taken on board the BERA Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research.
In particular, all researchers should:
- Inform the Director of Teacher Induction of research being undertaken, for recording electronically on an open research database, http://www.perseresearch.org
- Ensure that line managers or research mentors are briefed on the content and purpose of research projects.
- Seek agreement from the Director of Teacher Induction for all research about the school that will have an external audience.
- Make sure that the school is clear about how any research findings will be disseminated.
- Ensure that the Director of Teacher Induction is made aware, before external dissemination, of any research findings.
- Ensure that all participants in research, be it staff, pupils or parents, are all clear at the outset about the purpose of the research, the methodologies, the way that they can be involved, how their involvement will be used and how the research will be disseminated.
- Ensure that all participants are aware of their rights in the research process.
- Accept responsibility for maintaining confidentiality.
- Seek agreement from parents and assent from pupils for all those under sixteen involved in any research that will lead to dissemination to a wider audience.
- Respond to SMT guidance, where appropriate, in selecting research projects that fit into the school’s development plan.
- Be prepared to use research to support Performance Management and the meeting of Standards.
- Be open to guidance from research mentors and other staff and to work towards negotiated deadlines where appropriate.
All researchers will be offered appropriate support from the school. This may take the form of:
- Inset time to undertake research.
- Financial support and/or time to undertake MEd level work.
- Research mentors.
- Guidance and support from external networks.
Deborah Vernon Purvis