Enquiring Schools

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About the helpline

What is it?
A practical tailored programme designed to aid professional development across your school.

What do I get?
Support from a dedicated Futurelab facilitator
Specialist workshops and coaching sessions
The proven seven-step enquiry toolkit
Research Insights
An Enquiring Schools networking event
Access to an online community

Who is it for?
Primary and secondary schools, academies and school clusters

Relevance to Ofsted
Achievement of pupils
Quality of teaching
Promotes rigour when evaluating performance
Develops a capacity for sustained improvement

How long does it last?
12 months. Start date can vary to suit your school. 

How much does it cost?
Specialised programmes are available for primary and secondary schools and school clusters. Please contact us for more information.

Enquiring Schools

Innovating teaching and learning
through research


A fresh approach to CPD and school improvement built around enquiry-based projects carried out by staff in your school, with support from Futurelab at NFER

By engaging in practical in-class action research, teachers are able to reflect, extend their teaching practice, and enhance their skills based on solid evidence.

Key benefits

  • Encourages deep discussions about learning among teachers
  • Tailors high impact strategies to meet your teachers’ priorities
  • Engages children actively in their own learning
  • Supports innovation using the latest technology and a disciplined approach to change
  • Motivates staff by giving them control of their own learning
  • Inspires children through more innovative teaching
  • Stimulates collaboration and energises the whole school
  • Develops your school’s capacity for reflection, self-evaluation and improvement
  • Establishes a sustainable approach to change that can be applied to future challenges


I chose the Enquiring Schools programme because I know that engaging in action research works by encouraging teachers to seize control of their own learning. It also has a really big impact on children's attainment. I like the Enquiring Schools resources, they're really accessible, and the facilitator has been superb.

Anne Heywood, Principal
The Grove Academy

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