Mini Triumph – Settrington All Saints’ CofE Primary School
Mari Palmer, Head Teacher

Working with External Sources

1) What did you change about the way that you evidence/evaluate?

We are a primary school located in rural Yorkshire. In 2017, we were designated a Research School and tasked with promoting the use of evidence-based practice in the North Yorkshire Coast and Ryedale region.

Working with a University

We wanted our school activities to be guided by a strong evidence-base. After reviewing our School Development Plan (SDP), we developed objectives to identify baseline measures and methods to assess the impact. We then began an audit to highlight target areas for development. The audit included looking at school exam results and pupil feedback.

This helped us to identify an area of need, which we then commissioned an intervention for. To assess how well this worked we asked a local university (University of York) to help us to evaluate impact using their Masters Students.

Using external sources of evidence

To ensure that our approach is evidence-based we look to external sources for evidence of good practice. This includes contacting other Research Schools based on their specialism, and looking to online evidence databases. Helpful resources include The Communication Trust’s ‘What Works’ database of evidenced interventions and the ‘Best Evidence in Brief’ website. I also draw on findings from my involvement with the ‘A Chance to Talk’ pilot, from when I worked at another school.

2) What impact has this had on your organisation?​

Our audit highlighted priority areas for improvement. Using these findings, we selected evidence-based interventions that best matched each situation. We also performed additional audits and baseline reports to identify, with confidence, which children would benefit from the interventions. This data will prove invaluable for measuring and evaluating impact. Finally, we are sharing our methods and findings with schools across our region to champion the use of evidence-based practice.