Research and Insight
This section features Ambition Institute's research and insight into educational disadvantage, teaching, school leadership and system leadership.
The Expert Edits: The best conversations in education
As part of our commitment to getting better through sharing expertise and drawing on the best available evidence, we've put together free, downloadable journals filled with the best conversations in education.
School improvement in challenging contexts
This qualitative study gives us a fascinating, albeit small, insight into the behaviours of headteachers with different levels of expertise in response to similar school improvement challenges across England.
Our latest research looks at how MATs can lead the way and help England be the best place to be an educator.
The second piece of research in a three-phase project by Ambition School Leadership investigating the traits of high-performing multi-academy trusts.
Learning: What is it, and how might we catalyse it?
The paper endeavours to provide a coherent, high-level overview of the science of learning – organised around nine insights, and their implications for our classrooms.
Developing subject-specialisms in middle leaders
We're delighted to have published a Literature Review and Comparative Analysis on Subject-Specific Development of Middle Leaders. Read the highlights and find the full report here.
What makes an effective MAT?
Ambition School Leadership has conducted a three-phase project investigating the characteristics of high-performing multi-academy trusts (MATs).
The Learning Curriculum
The Learning Curriculum provides guidance on how to share knowledge of the science of learning with teachers, and enable them to apply it in their contexts.
How to use Incremental Coaching to support teacher development
Ambition School Leadership has published the first ever report into incremental coaching, a form of teacher development. The report suggests the practice is an effective way to foster the professional growth of teachers and leaders.
Research Insight: Effective middle leadership
What does it mean to be a great middle leader? Sam Baars describes LKMco's findings.
Persistently disadvantaged children make 20 months less progress in opportunity areas
Our research shows that persistently disadvantaged children in areas of low social mobility made 20.1 months’ less progress than their wealthier peers across England in 2015.
Executive Headteachers: What's in a name?
This report examines the role and impact of Executive Headteachers (EHT) in England's schools.
Designing Professional Development for Teacher Change
This paper reviews the existing evidence around professional development to argue for the importance of an underlying theoretical model teacher educators can use.
Expert Teaching: What is it, and how might we develop it?
This paper attempts to pull together the best available evidence from education and beyond, to offer a coherent, high-level overview of what expert teaching is, and how we can develop it.
Combatting isolation in coastal schools
This report examines why coastal schools fail and how headteachers are turning them around.
Isolated schools: Out on a limb
This research paper explores the relationship between school performance and relative geographical isolation in England, defined as the straight-line distance to the next nearest secondary school.