Research and development

Research and development

We see research and development as a vital part of improving the delivery of education, ensuring that innovation in teaching improves the experience of our students.

Shotton Hall Research School

In April 2017, The Academy at Shotton Hall was named as a 'Research School', one of 23 now across England. Our appointment is the only such one in the region making us a focal point for educational research in the north east.

Over the next three years, we will work to break down barriers between teachers and academics by developing a programme of support and events for north east schools. These will include a range of training programmes designed to make research more accessible for teachers and bringing, what can too often be dismissed as complex concepts and principles, to life for use in the classroom.

We have a seperate dedicated site for our Research School where you can find out everything you need to know here.

Masters qualification

The alliance currently runs a Masters in Education (MEd) degree which is accredited by Newcastle University. Our current cohort consists of around 10 teachers from across the alliance.

The masters degree ensures we have teachers immersed in a constant cycle of sharing and improvement with modules, including coaching and thinking through teaching, chosen to generate ongoing teaching research and development. 

The dissertation element of the course enables teachers to focus on a particular research area with this cohort's topics including; the impact of teaching strategies on boys' achievement and the impact of literacy strategies on skills levels and progress. 

We are keen to develop our masters level provision and would like to hear from any partners either within the alliance or from outside if they would be interested in taking part. Please contact or call 0191 518 0222