Inquiry-based Approach

Gráinne Hughes

St. Patrick's College, Maghera

Gráinne Hughes is sharing how she has used this approach to improve pupil outcomes.

Key Learning

  • The School Development Plan is a priority in all schools and improving pupils’ outcomes is at its core

  • Research what methods have worked for others in improving pupils’ outcomes

  • Try the inquiry-based approach as it is time bound and measurable

  • The inquiry-based approach allows you to disregard strategies that do not improve pupils’ outcomes and focus on strategies that yield positive results

Gráinne's Tips

  • Identify barrier/s to learning

  • Select a group of pupils

  • Decide on a strategy

  • Specify a time for the trial

  • Reflect on what went well and what was ineffective

  • Evaluation – draw conclusions that can feed into future classroom strategies

On reflecting on her classroom practice and her approach to CPD, Gráinne carried out extensive research. Including: -

  • Putting Staff First: A Blueprint for Revitalising our Schools: A blueprint for a revitalised profession by John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley published 2020

  • Perfect Teacher-Led CPD by Shaun Allison published 2014

  • The CPD Curriculum: Creating Conditions for Growth by Zoe Enser & Mark Enser published 2021

  • A Quiet Education: Challenging the Extrovert Ideal in our Schools by Jamie Thom published 2020

  • Stop Talking About Wellbeing: A Pragmatic Approach to Teacher Workload by Kat Howard published 2020

To Recap

  • What are you doing to improve pupils’ outcomes?

  • Can you measure the outcome of the strategies you are using to improve outcomes?

  • Can you identify pupils in your class that have specific barriers to learning?

  • What strategy could you use?