Research and Development

National Research Project

'Closing the Gap 2014/15' (NCTL)


A number of different interventions are being trialled nationally to see how effective they are.

Esher C of E High School is leading in trialling Growth Mindset intervention. This was successfully trialled by Cranmere Primary School last year.

‘Growth Mindset is a training programme developed by the University of Portsmouth.  It uses approaches to teaching and learning aimed at creating ‘growth mindsets’ developed from the research by Carol Dweck which shows that teacher and student beliefs about intelligence impact on learning.’


Results from 2013/14 trial

‘Growth Mindsets enhances progress in reading and comprehension skills for FSM pupils compared to similarly identified children in teaching school alliances that continued with existing practice.’


Esher C of E High School Trial 2014/15


  • Target pupil premium students in Year 9
  • 20 pupils in Year 9 who are underachieving have been identified. They are split into two groups of 10; control and intervention
  • Students are tested this term in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Intervention takes with 10 pupils during the spring and summer terms
  • Re-testing of both groups in June 2015

MA  in Leading Innovation and Change St. Mary’s University

We are now running our fourth successful co-hort through the MA programme. Teachers have to develop and carry out a research project based on an area of concern within their own school.

  • The programme aims to develop knowledge and skills in; evidence-based school improvement programmes and enhanced quality of leadership in teaching and learning
  • Esher High School is an authorised centre for delivery of the MA. Four groups have been successfully tutored through the course by our experienced teacher practitioner
  • The two year course involves
  • Five module programme (non-optional module)
  • 20 twilight tutoring/teaching sessions per year
  • Keynote lectures and workshops
  • Research Conference
  • MA award - based on 10 -12,000 word Academic Paper and Conference Presentation.
  • Accredited prior learning of up to 60 credits can count towards the MA.