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ACS International Schools' Research Centre awarded prestigious 'Research Mark'

Published Monday 24th of July 2017 04:32:38 PM

ACS International Schools’ research department, known as the Centre for Inspiring Minds, was recently awarded the Research Mark from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The award recognises the teacher-led research facilitated by the Centre for Inspiring Minds (CIM). Each research project is designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning across ACS’ four campuses, and enhance education opportunities for over 3,400 local and international students. The Research Mark is a national award scheme endorsing schools who engage in research and evaluating evidence. Ben Hren, head of CIM, commented: “We are exceedingly proud to be awarded the Research Mark accreditation by NFER. Our school philosophy, ‘through learning, inspire all to make a difference’, underpins the action-research undertaken by CIM and our teachers. Each successful project demonstrates improved student learning, whilst teachers develop a reflective mind set.” Set up five years ago, CIM has links with top British and overseas universities offering its teacher-researchers a wealth of advice and resources. Typically, there are up to ten action-research projects taking place at any one time; many are collaborative exercises between teachers based on different campuses. Currently over thirty teachers are involved in action-research projects. Recent endeavours include creating a set of classroom resources to encourage student participation; utilising outdoor supplies and the schools’ grounds to engage primary-aged students in the curriculum; and building student confidence when learning an additional language. Mr Hren added: “We aim to cultivate a research-engaged school. We support our teachers to undertake action-research and at the end, create something that can be shared with our educators to enhance the learning experience.”
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