Westbridge Teaching School Alliance are committed to their role in school based research.

  • We respond to current research within our schools.
  • We endeavour to design research projects with a particular focus on narrowing the gap.
  • We refer to EEF for research opportunities.


Current Research

In collaboration with Edge Hill University we have compiled the initial study into developing the 'PIP' Project (Parent in Partnership).  Based on our initial findings it has now been expanded into a second year and into Key Stage one.

Link to photos, data of impact and quotes.


Based on research evidence, Reciprocal reading has been adopted with the the prime aim to accelerate progess in reading comprehension skills


Research and Development

We have been a part of National Research on "Closing the Gap".  Results of the 2 year study are now available, please click here.

Following on from this reasearch, Westfield and Platt Bridge have both embedded growth mindset principals and continue to explore the impact of this approach with groups and individuals.


Are spelling tests worth doing? 

Our preliminary study into the effects of a weekly spelling tests indicate that pupils who have a weekly spelling test remember more words taught than pupils who do not have a test.

As this was a preliminary study we are now repeating the research with an increased number of pupils from years 3 to 6. 

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Impact of Study

We have developed a spelling incentives scheme in each year group to promote learning spellings indentified in the National Curriculum through which a weekly spelling test earns you a spelling reward.



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