STSA and IOE team up for an innovative new lesson study project

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Lesson Study Project – STSA and the IOE

On 12th October a group of six schools came together to begin an exciting research project. The project involved taking the lesson study approach to CPD and educational research (which originated in Japan) and applying this in six different schools.

What is lesson study?

Lesson study is a research and development process led by a research theme. Through repeated cycles of research, planning, teaching, observation and discussion, it focuses on improving teacher ability to anticipate students’ learning approaches, problems and solutions.

What does the research tell us about the likely benefits of lesson study?

  • Increased knowledge of subject matter
  • Increased knowledge of instruction;
  • Increased ability to observe students;
  • Stronger collegial networks;
  • Stronger connection of daily practice to long term goals;
  • Stronger motivation and sense of efficacy;
  • Improved quality of available lesson plans.

Lewis C (1995) Educating hearts and minds

The current STSA project involves a range of types of Southwark schools including a special school and both primary and secondary. So far we have had our initial meeting and will be meeting in late November to receive training and confirm our research themes for the project. At the end of the academic year we will be sharing our findings.

If you would like to know more about our project, or to get involved in lesson study yourself, please email

The schools involved in the project are:

Dulwich College Junior School,

Dulwich College

Cherry Garden School

Charles Dickens Primary School

Crampton Primary School

Cathedral Primary School


STSA Schools Direct Students receive excellent phonics training


Full on phonics!

As part of our provision for Schools Direct Students in the Southwark Teaching School Alliance, we offer a supplementary programme of courses. The first of these courses was an introduction to teaching phonics for students.

The course focused on developing students’ phonics subject knowledge and explored a range of activities to support the teaching of phonics throughout Key Stage 1.

Students were also taught how to plan for, and assess, progression through the phonics phases.

This course was led by Ruth Dollner who was Regional Adviser for London on the Communication Language and Literacy Programme which launched ‘Letters and Sounds’.

Feedback from the students:

“I am currently two weeks into my schools direct course and I think this has been an excellent introduction to phonics. I feel much more comfortable surrounding phonics and how / why they’re used.”

“Excellent practical ideas for lessons, clear overview of expectations (progress and assessment).”