Informed consent for research

Today we launched the Powerful Knowledge, Powerful Pedagogy research at the primary school. In doing so, we introduced the purpose of the study and the elements required of teachers and members of the senior leadership team (SLT) should they decide to participate. Although we hope all members of staff will participate in the research, it is essential for us to make it clear that participation is voluntary, and even if they do choose to participate they can always elect not to at a later date.

Because I am based in the U.S., we arranged a time for me to Zoom in to their inset to describe the research and answer any questions the staff had.

To participate in this research, teachers and SLT are agreeing to the following:

  • 2 interviews per year (one in the Autumn term and one in the Summer term)
  • Observations of teaching (4-5 each year)
    • Lesson plans
    • Examples of children’s work
    • Additional documentation related to the lesson
  • Focus group participation, if needed
  • Optional: Coaching cycles to support implementation of knowledge-rich curriculum

It is important that teachers and SLT understand they won’t be named individually in any reports. Rather, I will analyse each iteration of the data and offer an executive summary highlighting themes and next steps. (You can access our data collection and analysis plan here.)

The purpose of this project is to learn (1) how to successfully implement a knowledge-rich curriculum in the primary years, and (2) the types of professional development needed to make this successful. Thus, we are looking to understanding the school’s implementation and needs broadly, rather than at an individual teacher level.

We are happy to share our research protocols and consent forms with anyone interested.

What is Powerful Knowledge, Powerful Pedagogy?

We are using this space to document what we learn about implementing a knowledge-rich curriculum in the primary years, and the professional development needed to support staff and leadership to do so successfully.

Our intent is to share analysis from several iterations of research conducted during the 2017-2018 school year. We will also share resources that develop our understandings of what teachers should know and be able to do in order to best support children’s learning.

We encourage you to participate by commenting on our posts and sharing your own resources.