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What does it mean to be research-informed?

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PHIL KIRKMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY, UK DEB CAWS, SENIOR LECTURER, ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY, UK  CHRIS CHILDS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, UK SIMON COLEBROOKE, TEACHER, LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, UK  MEGAN ISSOTT, TEACHER, LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, UK  JOHN PARKIN, SENIOR LECTURER, ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY, UK  ZOE THORN, TEACHER, LONG ROAD SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, UK Research-informed practice is increasingly considered important as a key aspect of effective teaching, teacher development and school leadership (Cordingley, 2015). However, many teachers remain cautious about engaging with research evidence, especially given the time constraints and myriad other pressures that exist across the profession. Previous negative experiences of ‘engaging with research’ or ‘using evidence’ can also be a factor. The value of teacher-led small-scale studies (Bell et al., 2010) is sometimes dismissed, despite having clear value for

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