Research & Development

The MSTA is committed to embedding high quality research and development at the heart of what it does, using quality research to inform its future actions.

The core aim is to make education within schools as well informed by research as medicine is in our hospitals.

The MSTA’s research and development is lead by the key R&D lead Gerri Howard (Headteacher of Marton Manor Primary) with the support of other leaders from the alliance.

Excellent Headteachers: the self-improving school system

Taken from the national Standards of Excellence for Headteachers – updated January 2015

  • Create outward-facing schools which work with other schools and organisations – in a climate of mutual challenge – to champion best practice and secure excellent achievements for all pupils.
  • Develop effective relationships with fellow professionals and colleagues in other public services to improve academic and social outcomes for all pupils.
  • Challenge educational orthodoxies in the best interests of achieving excellence, harnessing the findings of well evidenced research to frame self-regulating and self-improving schools.
  • Shape the current and future quality of the teaching profession through high quality training and sustained professional development for all staff.
  • Model entrepreneurial and innovative approaches to school improvement, leadership and governance, confident of the vital contribution of internal and external accountability.
  • Inspire and influence others – within and beyond schools – to believe in the fundamental importance of education in young people’s lives and to promote the value of education.