Professional Development

Lesson Study and action research are effective ways of engaging your staff in professional learning but it can often be seen as 'another thing to do'. We can facilitate this process for you.

We are inviting interested Schools, Trusts and Alliances to engage in an R&D Program that puts the process of learning under the microscope.

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Engaging staff in professional learning can be difficult to manage. Our resources and frameworks transform this process into a fascinating journey.

1. Engaging [and manageable] program that fits into twilights.

R&D Proposal

This Proposal dives into the project in a little more detail.

2. Accessible Resources

Well organised and easy to understand evidence

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3. Easy-to-follow Format

Well-designed teacher resources.

Step-by-step instructions displayed visually.

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FAQ's for busy school leaders

What is it?

Utilising robust evidence, teaching staff design and deliver classroom activities based on their learners needs. The Research and Development program is delivered in bite-size chunks and seamlessly integrates into a busy school day.

Why Bricks?

Central to the program is a new cognitive tool for the classroom. The thinking toolkits encourage learning behaviours such as metacognitive talk and reasoning.

What year groups is this for?

We have users from EYFS all the way up to KS5. The strategy is a highly versatile medium that can be adapted and applied across concepts, topics and age groups.

How much does this cost?

It depends upon the size of the project. We have the cost of resources and time to cover but we can essentially build a project around any budget. Please talk to us for a quote.

How is it delivered?

Between 3 and 4 twilight/half day sessions and optional classroom support days. The program encourages classroom practitioners to collaborate with their colleagues with the intention of developing an authentic dialogue around learning and teaching.

What support is available?

An R&D launch meeting gives staff an opportunity to 'play' with the kits and find out about the theory and practice. The teachers research journal simplifies the action research approach into digestible steps. The groundwork for innovation has been done ready for your staff.

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easy to Digest, visual professional learning resources

Classroom based research is a very effective form of professional learning but it is often placed down our priority list because of workload pressures.

We have designed simple resources that keep cognitive load (for your staff) to a minimum.

This library of resources is growing and with your input we can develop new materials for this project.

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What topics are covered in the Program?

The R&D program utilises current educational evidence to guide our classroom practice. The themes below are examples of the topics covered.


Awareness and understanding of one's own thoughts.

Visual Tools

Classroom practices that visualise ideas and relationships.

Intellectual Character

Psychological characteristics associated with progess including engagement and resiliance.