The NDTSA is at the cutting edge of educational research and the development of pedagogy.  We are leading a number of research projects as well as working in partnership with a number of universities including Exeter, Plymouth and Edge Hillon other large scale projects in order to shape the future of education.  You can find details of some of the current research projects below.  If you would like to find more about any of the projects or are interested in taking part in future projects please do not hesitate to contact us.



We recognize, for our schools, to be at the forefront of Research and Development is a cutting edge practice and a great means of improvement.

We aim for all our teachers to be ‘reflective’ practitioners so we offer as many opportunities as possible. Many of our NDTSA schools are involved in National and local research opportunities using the Joint Practice Development approiach championed by David Hargreaves.

Here are a few of the current ones:

‘Learning Research Communities’ – a two year project with the London Institute of Education.

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Closing the Gap- Test and Learn – Numicon Project – a National  two year intervention project aimed at Years 3 & 4 in Maths.

Mind the Gap – with Durham University – involvement of parents aimed at Years 3 & 4

STARS Project with NHS

South West EYFS Hub Pilot – lead link with Everton Nursery & Outstanding Nursery at East the Water