Our Research

Nick McIvor (SLE and in charge of the Action Research for the Teaching School at St Marylebone) collates a termly Research & Development Digest for our Alliance Schools and others to gain easy access to recently published research. 

 Research and Development Digests


Completed Research

1. The Leading Role of Outstanding Teachers in ITT
2. Making Shakespeare Inclusive: an EAL Project
3. MFL focus working with CfBT Education Trust and five Alliance Schools
4. National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Research Project
5. Ad Astra: Our new journal of Aspiration and Achievement
6. Ofsted case study St Marylebone Assessment for Learning (AfL)
7. Ofsted case study St Marylebone Work Related Learning
8. Speech, Language, Communication and Dyslexia: a new integrated approach
9. Curee published report


1. ‘The Leading Role of Outstanding Teachers in ITT’ working with the Institute of Education and e-Qualitas and three Alliance Schools.

Summary: Last year St Marylebone Teaching School Alliance won funding from the Teaching Agency to design and deliver a research and development programme ‘The Leading Role of Outstanding Teachers in ITT’. A number of presentations took place at alliance schools, both primary and secondary; topics included outstanding teaching, the learning environment and assessment. Running alongside was the opportunity to observe outstanding teachers in the classroom and to meet with them after watching the lesson. This project has been enriched and is being run again this year, with an added emphasis on career progression and on the place of research and development in classroom practice. Trainees on all routes are welcome and so are mentors, whether new to this role or more experienced.

Click here to view the published outcome.


2. Making Shakespeare Inclusive: an EAL Project

Summary: We wanted to create opportunities for EAL students to use their home language in a school context, and to celebrate their bilingualism in assemblies and other forums. With this in mind we organised and funded a theatre trip to the Globe during the recent International Shakespeare theatre, for Year 7 students to see Shakespeare plays performed in their home language. Students created posters for the play they had seen and wrote a review, in both their home language and in English, to share with the school in an assembly.

Click here to view the published outcome.


3. MFL focus working with CfBT Education Trust and five Alliance Schools

Alliance schools working on project:
1. The St Marylebone CE
2. Westminster Academy
3. Capital City Academy (Brent)
4. Christ Church Bentinck Primary
5. St Vincent’s Primary School

Executive summary of the aims of the project.

Reciprocal visits are part of all three projects.

  1. Primary: improve confidence and competence in delivery of MFL by working across the Alliance to devise, share resources and good practice.
  2. Transition: planning assessment strategies and reporting templates to ensure consistency to enable better transition.
  3. Secondary: developing speaking skills to improve spontaneous use of learners’ target language through working across the three secondaries.

Published outcomes here:

Outcome 1 (pages 161-168)

Outcome 2 (pages 11-12)


4. National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics Planning Documents

Supported by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, Nick McIvor developed a set of planning documents that moved beyond the traditional three-part lesson and shared his findings at two national conferences.

Click here to view the published outcome.


5. Ad Astra: Our new journal of Aspiration and Achievement

AD ASTRA is St Marylebone School’s twice-yearly journal of aspiration and achievement, showcasing and celebrating the best of student art and writing from the past six months.

Click here for more details.


6. Ofsted case study St Marylebone Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Click here to view the published document.


7. Ofsted case study St Marylebone Work Related Learning

Click here to view the published document.


8. ‘Speech, Language, Communication and Dyslexia: a new integrated approach’

Published in Leading Change, publication of the Leading Edge Programme. Authors: Kate Miller, Dyslexia Specialist, and Matthew Glenn, Deputy Headteacher.

Click here to view the publication.


9. Curee published report.

Teach First commissioned Curee to undertake and published a report on 13 schools ‘Characteristics of High Performing Schools.

Teach First Research Report: Characteristics of Outstanding Schools National Report 2013.

Published St Marylebone report click.