As a Teaching School, Notre Dame High School is heavily involved in educational research. This year we have Mr Gittner working as a Research Lead helping us ensure that our practice in the classroom is informed by what we know from educational research. But as well as using research findings, Notre Dame teachers are involved in leading research. We have a number of projects underway across several of our departments. The largest is a randomised control trial studying a GCSE revision strategy for science, called SMART Spaces. Funded by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Wellcome Trust we are working with 125 schools across the country. Mr Gittner and some of our chemistry teachers have been travelling the length and breadth of England visiting the 54 schools that are in the study group. They have been training their teachers in how to present the SMART Spaces materials and we will then see how these schools perform in their GCSE results compared to the other 71 schools in the control group. The results of the trial will not be known until 2020 and we will bring you them when they are out. As you can see from the map, the work of Notre Dame covers the whole country from Alnwick to Penzance and from Egremont to Norwich!!!