‘Involvement with the generation of research and use of evidence helps us to strive forward and continue to innovate, and maintain our status as a school with really high quality teaching’
David, Assistant Principal
CamSTAR began some years ago with a very small number of teachers researching in their own subject. From there it has grown into a national and international network of Teacher Researchers with over two hundred and fifty schools and hundreds of teachers taking part in school-based research.
In joining CamSTAR, your school commits to supporting you in your research and in providing opportunities to share work in progress with colleagues.
CamSTAR in turn will offer web based and, where possible, face to face training; a structure and resources to help you identify your research questions; and guidance in selecting appropriate methods to collect your data, and helping you analyse and prepare your findings for sharing with colleagues. CamSTAR also offers conferences so that teachers can share their research, opportunities to write up for CamSTAR accreditation, and to be featured on the CamSTAR website and published in the online CamSTAR Journal. We have also developed an NQT/ECT ‘arm’ with support and conferences each year, designed especially for Early Career Teachers.
CamSTAR is part of the Cambridge Learning and Teaching (CLT) organisation, an independent company led by Cambridge academics. There is a link to Cambridge University through the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and specifically a Diploma course that Cambridge Learning and Teaching are developing with ICE. Cambridge Learning and Teaching is developing the CamSTAR project as a stand-alone in ways beyond what is possible within the confines of the University.