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At the Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE), we build research and development collaborations with schools and their partners to close the poverty-related achievement gap.

Enquiry, Evidence and educational Excellence for all are core to our approach.

Our Network uses research evidence to improve outcomes for children and close the poverty-related achievement gap.

NSEE is a collaborative, enquiry-based sustainable approach to professional learning and leadership development that builds capacity and impacts on student outcomes.

Data to empower

The approach uses data to empower teachers, school leaders and other key stakeholders within the network to lead and manage change.

NSEE builds on previous research and successful development initiatives within Scotland, the UK and beyond. The approach involves:

  • data use and collaborative enquiry;
  • relationships and trust;
  • embedding and extending evidence-based activities; and
  • sustaining new ways of working and building leadership capacity.

Focus on the positive

NSEE focusses on the positive by identifying and mobilising people and organisations and by playing to the local community’s strengths. In doing so, we foster collective agency to promote systems change. We work in partnership with key stakeholders to bring different perspectives on priorities for change and improvement.

The use of research evidence, data and collaborative enquiry to understand what works and why are key to our approach.

NSEE has brought about:

  • positive attitudes to learning
  • an enhanced school culture
  • stronger relationships with wider communities
  • significant improvements in numeracy and literacy for children and young people from disadvantaged background;
  • higher levels of attendance/pupil engagement at school; and
  • built leadership at all levels.

The Purpose

Our network’s purpose is to close the poverty related attainment gap by improving student outcomes in literacy, numeracy and health & wellbeing.  

We use research evidence, data approaches and collaborative working to improve classroom practices, build leadership capacity and support organisational development.  

NSEE builds on approaches with a track record of improving outcomes for disadvantages students.  The NSEE approach prioritises four key areas of work:

  1. Enhancing the quality of learning and teaching, leadership and working with families & communities
  2. Building leadership capacity to manage change and improvement at all levels
  3. Building expertise for the effective use of the Pupil Equity Fund and understanding about what works and why in closing the attainment gap
  4. Providing opportunities for sharing expertise and developing new practices both locally and nationally.

The Approach

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The Network for Social and Educational Equity (NSEE) works with schools and their communities to co-produce work that meets the specific needs of each locality.

It is not a top-down improvement service that supplies quick-fix general solutions to schools. Instead, it seeks to empower schools to work together, critically reflect on their practices, use data to improve their own contexts and create sustainable change.

It is designed to impact on student outcomes by investing in high quality professional learning and leadership development. This is a flexible, sustainable model.

We use research evidence and data to empower teachers, school leaders and other key stakeholders in the network to lead change and build capacity within their own setting.

We offer support in analysing existing routinely collected data at school and pupil level, and also in gathering new data to test the effectiveness of activities or programmes in the school.

We build on previous research and development initiatives within Scotland, the UK and beyond that have worked.

The approach focuses on:

  • data use and collaborative enquiry
  • building relationships and trust
  • embedding and extending activities
  • sustaining new ways of working so they become part of everyday practice
  • identifying and mobilising people and organisations and playing to the local community’s strengths.

This might include activating and extending local networks and drawing on external expertise. It combines structured collaboration with integrated school improvement planning.

 

The use of research evidence, data and collaborative enquiry to understand what works and why are key to our approach.

NSEE shifts assumptions and expectations of students, staff and the community.

Our approach encourages positive attitudes to learning, enhances school culture and builds stronger relationships with wider communities.

Outcomes achieved through similar initiatives we have supported include:
• significant increases in reading age
• improved ability to interpret questions
• higher levels of school attendance.

The Action

NSEE co-produces a bespoke programme of work for each network member. We undertake a detailed analysis of context and develop an enquiry-based approach to fit each member’s specific requirements.

Within this enquiry-based approach, we provide support for activities such as:

Different forms of practitioner enquiry

• collaborative action research
• lesson study
• learning rounds
• improvement science.


Involving stakeholders
• promoting student voice and engagement in schooling
• developing strategies for parental engagement and relevant partnership agencies and services.


General research support

• surveys to profile, baseline and benchmark school and community conditions and characteristics
• social network analysis and organisational development.

Strategic support

• leadership development; from leaders of learning to system leaders
• coaching and mentoring
• advice on how to maximise the impact of the Pupil Equity Fund.

Continuous improvement requires continuous evaluation and refinement. On-going research and evaluation are key features of NSEE network activities.

We provide the support to create useful descriptions of experiences of the activities undertaken by the schools in the network. These are then used to inform future decision-making, construct a narrative for developmental and accountability purposes, and to facilitate improvement planning across the network.

We also provide opportunities for sharing evidence-based practice across schools and localities. This supports the development of innovative and new practice designed to tackle the poverty related attainment gap across the network and beyond.

“The collaboration with the Robert Owen Centre... has supported schools to make improvements...”

The collaboration with the Robert Owen Centre has provided us with an expert resource in the area of research and has supported schools to make improvements and changes collaboratively. We now have evidence on the mechanisms used in schools to improve the outcomes of pupils.
Local Authority Policy & Research Manager

Collaborative Intervention

Learn more about how NSEE is a ‘collaborative intervention’ rather than a quick fix.