Case studies

Below are some examples of consultancies we have carried out in the UK and overseas.

Effective practices in Continuing Professional Development - Training and Development Agency for Schools

This national consultancy programme supports 600+ schools, local authorities and educational organisations to investigate the kind of practices that lead to the most effective professional development for colleagues in and across schools.

Aspiring leaders development programmes - consultancy for clusters of schools and local authorities

We work with local authorities to design and offer a development programme to Aspiring leaders in or to support succession planning.  We work with leaders, include those aspiring to middle leadership as well as headship roles across 7 development programmes with each tailored to meet the needs of the group and the local authority.  The focus is on joint delivery between us, the school and the local authority.  This not only ensures that local needs are net but enables participants to evaluate the difference their learning has made for them, their organisation and the young people they work with.

Improving performance management: improving learning

This is tailored consultancy designed to develop a more motivating and positive approach that places children's learning at the heart of this key educational process.  We worked with all colleagues at a primary school in Enfield to develop focused and challenging outcomes for all staff and pupils.  At a secondary in Newham we worked initially with the senior leadership team to explore the school's current practice, then with all the staff to identify the improvements they wished to bring about.  This was followed by workshops with a school steering group to design the process the members of staff wished to achieve.

National programme for Continuing Professional Development leadership - Training and Development Agency for Schools

We are supporting the Training and Development Agency with the creation of a new national training and development programme for Continuing Professional Development leaders.  Leading a consortium including two other universities, we are designing the programme and arranging its validation for the London region.  The work involves initial parternship planning, two design and development stages followed by an iterative stage, and  the management of the validation process.

Assessment for Learning - London Borough of Southwark

We are supporting the development of skills in Assesment for Learning in 10 primary schools in the Southwark.  This consultancy was jointly commissioned by schools and the local authority.  Our delivery model includes collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Education Assessors, and the deployment of practitioners who conducted the Qualification and Curriculum Authorities national pilot of Assessing Pupils' Progress.  Each school is receiving support with its overall assessment, and support with APP in either maths or writing, and the consultancy is full integrated with the local authorities work with schools in these areas.

Workforce development - London Borough of Greenwich

Greenwhich is one of the local authorities using our '30 hour' consultancy package, in this case to support workforce development.  The project includes a planning meeting, a conference for deputy head teachers, an event, a further conference, the preparation of a strategy document and an impact evaluation.

Building Schools for the Future - London Borough of Waltham Forest

We are currently supporting three schools in Waltham Forest with the preparation of their Strategies for Change, and in the development of collaborative working arrangements.

Years 5-8 cross-phase project evaluation - London Borough of Haringey

We undertook an extended evaluation of a cross-phase project in English and Maths involving primary and secondary schools in Haringey, commisioned by the (then) Department for Education and Skills.

Impact evaluation - London Borough of Greenwich

We work in partnership with Greenwich to ensure a coherent approach to impact evaluation is utilised and embedded within the local authority and its schools.  We are working with senior school leaders, continuing professional development leaders, advanced skills teachers, leading practitioners and local authority staff within the Learning and Achievement division. 

London's secondary programme

The Science Learning Centre is providing professional development for teachers to meeting Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) national priorities.  These courses include chemistry and physics for non-specialists, preparation to teach Triple Science, the applications and implications of contemporary science and how it works, along with assessment for learning.  The centre has exceeded DCSF targets and numbers are continuing to grow thanks to the introduction of bursuries for teachers.

Primary science network London

The Science Learning Centre has set up and continues to organise this forum for local authority managers responsible for primary science across London.  We facilitate a meeting each term for the exchange of ideas and good practice as well as the dissemination of the new government strategies, resources and the availability of professional development opportunities.

Primary science outreach programme

Originally run at the Science Learning Centre, these professional development courses can also be tailored and presented to a single, or group of, schools.  A choice of 12 half day sessions is available led by experienced consultants using especially developed resources.

Holocaust Education Development Programme (HEDP)

This significant project is run by us, and jointly funded by the Pears Foundation and the Department for Children, Schools and Families with support from the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET).  The project principally focuses on developing a national continuing professional development programme for secondary school teachers in the state maintained sector in England.  Aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at history teachers, a place on the HEDP will be offered free of change to every school in England.  The programme will be centered on 2 full days of training offered at 8 regional outreach locations and supported by an interactive website.  The ultimate aim is to provide a reseach-informed, innovative and nationally co-ordinated programme to help teachers teach about the Holocaust effectively.

Reading Recovery

We set up this school based intervention designed to reduce literacy problems within an education system. It is an early intervention for children, giving those who have particular difficulties in reading and writing after their first year at primary school a period of intensive, individual help.  It involves daily one-to-one lessons with a highly trained teacher for a period of between 15 and 20 weeks.  At the end of that time, most children have caught up with their classmates and can read and write at a level appropriate to their age.  Reading Recovery is trademarked around the world. Reading Recovery is also a central element of the 'Every Child a Reader' project which is being rolled out across England, benefiting 30,000 children year-on-year from 2010-2011.  The roll-out, which began in September 2008, is being managed by the Primary National Strategy, working in partnership with the Reading Recovery Network here at the Institute.

Republic of Yemen – Basic Education Development Project

We worked with the Republic of Yemen to support aspects of the development of their school system.  This consultancy, funded by the World Bank, provides tailored leadership development for members of the Modernisation Task Force and members of the senior management of the Ministry of Education.  The forms of development were designed in consultation, locally based with a practical problem solving focus.

British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) – Leadership Development

This group of international schools were supported through our tailored development programmes for middle leaders.

European Commission - progress on reform of higher education in Europe

We worked as part of a team of experts drawn from several European higher education research centres, coordinated by Centre of Higher Education Policy Studies from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Our task was to report to the Commission on how the management and funding of higher education has changed across Europe (broadly defined) over the last ten or so years, and whether these changes can be linked to improvements in the performance of the higher education systems in question. This involved both analysis of existing data on national higher education systems, and collection of new data from national experts to identify the significant changes that had occured in each country over the period. This work relates closely to key European policy goals in relation to the knowledge economy, following from the "Lisbon agenda" of 2000.

Implementing Financing & Governance Reform in Bulgaria

This consultancy assessed the progress of the introduction of delegated budgets and provided guidance on how Bulgaria should proceed with implementing school-based management. Guidance was also provided on potential future improvements to the efficiency and accountability of the Bulgarian education sector and the requirements placed on the ministry of education by the reforms.