Why should researchers and educators be concerned about strengthening the relationship between practice and research?
Queensmill School has an established tradition and commitment to research and development (R&D), including the leadership of R&D for the West London Teaching Alliance and membership of the Pan London Autism Schools Network-Research PLASN-R; a collaboration of senior school leaders and university researchers who together generate ideas for the design, implementation and dissemination of research projects.
In September 2013 we set up a Research and Development Board to lead and monitor relevant R&D activities in school. The membership of the Board includes our R&D Coordinator, a class teacher, a teaching assistant, one parent representative, a research intern and an external R&D university consultant. The board publishes a termly newsletter for parents and staff to keep them up to date with research activities at school and to provide a summary of recent studies published in research journals. You can download copies of our newsletters using the links on the left of the page.
Research & Development Coordinator
Eleonora Sher, Research Assistant and R&D Board Coordinator
Laura Crane, External Research Consultant
Freddie Adu, Head Teacher
Aymeline Bel, Early Years Lead and Admissions
Andrew Nowak, Deputy Head Representative
Amy-Rose McClean, Speech and Language Therapist Representative
Elise Robinson, Drama Lead Representative
Olivia Belhouse, Teacher Representative
Linda Dolben, Parent Representative
What we do
Why research in schools?
Firstly, teaching and learning in the 21st century is a complex process. Educators have a significant responsibility for preparing young people academically, socially and emotionally for a rapidly changing society with respect to employment, housing, relationships, parenthood and civic responsibility. Therefore, the education of children and young people can only benefit from the greater harnessing and implementation of tactic (knowledge gained from personal experience) and explicit (knowledge that is easy to articulate, write down and share) knowledge that educators and researchers have to offer.
Finally, participating in research can be both professionally and personally rewarding for educators. Queensmill School has an established tradition and commitment to research and development, including the leadership of R&D for the West London teaching Alliance and membership of the Pan London Autism Schools Network – Research PLASN-R; a collaboration of senior school leaders and university researchers who together generate ideas for the design, implementation and dissemination of research projects.
A selection of research summaries and publications
Emotional and behavioural problems in children & young people with ASD