Research Design and Support

It is important that research is designed and carried out so that it has maximum validity. This page will help and support teacher researchers to design their research and be a place where ideas and links about carrying out classroom research can be posted.

Audit your school

are you "research ready"?  A framework, audit tool and resources to get research really going in your school

visit website

Lesson Study

Lesson study is a classroom based collaborative research method which focuses on improving learning outcomes for children.

A good introduction to Lesson Study basics visit website
A link to some research about the effectiveness of Lesson Study visit website

Randomised Control Trials

Randomised Control Trials are a way of carrying out research so that “selection bias" is eliminated so that you know that the effect that you have observed is linked to the change that you have made.  It helps to make your research more valid.

RCTs explained visit website

Special Interest Groups

Here is a published case study explaining how to develop Special Interest Groups, written by our very own Director of Research & Development - Megan Dixon. visit website


All of the research we do is underpinned by strong ethical implications. The ethical principles that underpin all research and development endeavour within and across the Aspirer Teaching Alliance can be summarised as;

  1. Respect for the autonomy, privacy and dignity of individuals and communities.
  2. Integrity throughout.
  3. Social responsibility.
  4. Maximising benefit and minimising harm.

 (adapted from The British Psychological Society Code of Human Research Ethics, 2014).