Derby Research School at Wyndham Spencer Academy

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Derby Research School is based at Wyndham Spencer Academy, an outstanding primary school serving an area of high social and economic challenge based in inner city Derby. Our transformation is characterised by being outward facing and engaged in evidence-based practice. Exploring what the research shows works best has allowed us to make a difference for our pupils in our context.

As the Derby Research School, we are keen to work actively within the Opportunity Area and shine a light on evidence to influence and inform teaching.


Our core purpose is to:


  • Shine a light on best practice rooted in evidence
  • Making it accessible for everyone


  • Inspire school leaders by sharing 'what works' to drive school improvement
  • Nurture evidence-based practice through training and modelling


  • Support schools in research-engagement to promote innovation
  • Brighten up the futures for children and families in Derby and make a difference


At Wyndham, we live by the value that 'Together we aim high!' and as the Research School for Derby, we are very proud to take a role in supporting a school led system. We will work collaboratively and in partnership with the George Spencer Teaching School Alliance and Transform Teaching Alliance together with other local teaching schools and networks. Together we will implement the best available evidence to ensure that teaching and learning across the city is the best it can be.

Our aim is to make Derby shine bright.


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