Grammar School, Donaghmore
Educating For the Future Since 1922
A Nerve Centre for Educational Research, Innovation and Teaching and Learning
“As part of our partnership with the University of Oxford, our teachers have presented their research at conferences to educationalists from across the UK and Ireland.”
At St Joseph’s we are committed to being fully involved with educational research and evidence based practice to ensure that we remain at the forefront of global developments in teaching and learning. We are passionate about teaching and learning and want our students to have the very best school experience possible. We aspire to drive continuous improvement and seek to be a nerve centre which generates knowledge and develops the best ways for our students to learn, develop their skills and promote good mental health and well-being. St Joseph’s proactively builds links with universities and other external stakeholders to engage our students and staff in research and dialogue around pedagogy and other education initiatives.
Since 2017, St Joseph’s has secured four funded research scholarships from the University of Oxford to allow our staff to carry out pioneering educational research to improve the learning experiences of students within St Joseph’s and further afield. As part of our partnership with the University of Oxford, our teachers have presented their research at conferences to educationalists from across the UK and Ireland. As a result of the pioneering educational research developed here at St Joseph’s schools from across the UK and Ireland have invited our teachers to deliver professional development sessions to their staff, showcasing that the teaching, learning and educational provision here at St Joseph’s truly is world class.
Research that St Joseph’s has been actively involved with in collaboration with the University of Oxford since 2017 includes:
Developing the metacognitive classroom at Key Stage 3;
Fake news: effects of social media in the post-truth era and empowering students to identify and challenge disinformation;
E-teaching and Learning: from Principles to Practice;
3Cs; Challenge-Consider-Change: A key stage 3 Religious Education programme to encourage pupils to explore, connect with, and act upon the environmental topic of ‘Caring for our common home’- the papal encyclical Laudato Si’.
To meet the ever-changing needs of today’s classroom we invest time in building a professional learning community and we promote a culture of professional reading and evidence-based practice, enabling staff to be more sure footed in their classrooms. We have an extensive professional reading resource centre and staff use the most recent evidence-informed practice to make lessons more engaging for our learners. We value and act upon feedback from our learners on the quality of teaching and learning including remote learning.