Enquiring schools

Evidence-based teacher development and school improvement

A fresh approach to teacher development and school improvement built around enquiry-based projects carried out by teachers in your school, with support from NFER.

Effective CPD is at the heart of school improvement and one of the most successful ways to develop teachers and have a positive, lasting impact on students’ learning is a research-based approach to teaching1.

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

The programme can be tailored to meet your school’s needs whether exploring new approaches to the curriculum, addressing priorities in your school improvement plan or responding to issues highlighted by Ofsted.

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


Find out more about the programme

Find out how Enquiring Schools supports school improvement and teacher development.


1) Schleicher, A. (2011). Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from around the world, OECD Publishing.