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Aspire Teaching School Alliance are continually striving to improve the learning outcomes for the children of our community. We engage with action research and the sharing of projects designed to impact on the quality of learning and teaching.  We collaborate with leading researchers and Universities.

We have a number of on-going research projects:


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Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA)

Began September 2017

The Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) project aims to improve schools’ deployment of teaching assistants in classrooms and ensure they make a valuable contribution to learning. Overton, as Lead School of the Alliance, will be involved in the project from the outset.

The project is a collaboration between UCL Institute of Education, the University of East London and the London Leadership Strategy. It is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

The intervention is an innovative, comprehensive and coherent programme of strategic input and CPD for school leaders and classroom staff. School leaders will undertake the MITA school improvement course, supplemented by in-school consultancy from practicising National Leaders of Education. NLEs will support schools to review current practice and provide leadership teams with support and challenge on strategic planning and implementation.

TAs and teachers in each school will receive the Maximising the Practice of TAs training on effective interactions with pupils. TAs will be trained to use the scaffolding framework, designed to help improve pupil independence, and teachers will receive training on planning lessons and organising classrooms effectively to capitalise on TAs’ new skills.

The project will be conducted over the 2017/18 school year and will involve 100 primary schools participating in a randomised controlled trial.

042 Opening Doors Cover Overton CE Primary and Aspire TSA have been working with Bob Cox over the last few years on “Opening the Doors” to rich and engaging teaching and learning in English.

See below to find out more about Bob and his work:

If you interested in working with Aspire TSA who may host Bob for professional development courses, contact us on

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Click here to find out more about THRIVE

Learning emergenge colour small 2 The impact of Authentic Enquiry on learning behaviours, attainment and progress using the CLARA learning platform with all learners in Years 2 to 6.
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IRIS logo Overton CE are using IRIS video recording technology to help develop effective classroom practice. The recording equipment allows lessons to be recorded and then evaluated by the teacher.  Reflections can also be edited and shared if required.

Visit the IRIS website for more information on how IRIS can help develop practice in the classroom: