Why we want to hear from teachers
It’s easy to think that we know everything about education. After all, we’ve all been through it. Many of us have even worked in education, and it’s simple to assume that we know the challenges and triumphs that teachers, leaders and learners experience day-to-day. But when education has such a significant impact on the futures of many, it’s important for us to check our assumptions and involve those at the heart of its delivery – teachers themselves.
We are building a network of teachers for just that. Many of our research projects involve teacher input, whether that’s taking part in surveys or focus groups, product testing or consulting. The Oriel Square Teacher Research Group aims to bring those voices to the forefront of our market research, and give our partner-teachers something in return.
What is the Teacher Research Group?
The Group will be an ongoing project, beginning with a small number of Classroom Experts to work with our in-house Subject Champions. We hope those relationships will deepen our knowledge of subject developments and policy updates, and their effects in the classroom, as well as feed into the early phases of research projects. Part of that will be helping us to shape research hypotheses for further testing and acting as consultants to help our clients deliver classroom-informed resources.
We are also recruiting a larger pool of teachers for the full Research Group, from across the UK, to take part in larger-scale activities. All of this is intended to be a light-touch input from teachers, but with a high value to us as educational content creators. As part of the Teacher Research Group initiative, we want to give something back to that community too. As well as the typical incentives for taking part in a research project, we will also digest and share public research and best practice, help to navigate through policies and more! We hope we can have a small but positive impact on our teachers and their students.
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