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AISNSW provides opportunities for independent schools to undertake, access and utilise educational research in their practice, and own context. Grounding education in evidence informed practice is an essential feature of assuring and enhancing educational excellence.

To encourage and support the effective use of educational research in independent schools, AISNSW provides the following : 

  • funding and support of school based research projects 
  • dissemination of research findings, summaries and infographics 
  • support for research to practice initiatives
  • professional learning opportunities, with a specific research focus 
  • fostering of collaboration and networking.

AISNSW Research Repository

AISNSW is committed to sharing the highest quality evidence from local, national, and international research to help inform practice within the independent sector. 

The Research Repository houses research outputs in a variety of formats, from summaries to full reports.

Click View More to access additional publications, and use the tags to search for material across a range of topics.

AISNSW STEM projects: Achievements and impact
The AISNSW provided funding and support to schools to implement STEM projects via the Australian Government’s Students First reform agenda and the NSW Great Teaching, Inspired Learning initiative. Projects were based on STEM integration within the curriculum and varied in scope. This issue provides a summary of the projects’ achievements and surfaces information for schools that may seek to enhance student engagement, uptake and achievement in STEM.
AIS Research Summaries
STEM , Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning , School based research , Innovation , The Brief
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Rethinking leadership, recentring learning
How do schools undertake whole school change well? This Brief outlines the journey undertaken by Claremont College as they worked with change management expert Dr Peter Kaldor to effect change to support their students’ learning journey.
AIS Research Summaries
Pedagogical practice , Professional learning , School improvement , School based research , Case for change , Innovation , Leadership
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Round 3 School Based Research Project Update
Four schools were successful in receiving funding and support from AISNSW at the end of 2016 to undertake a school based research project. This issue of the Brief presents their progress at the half way mark of their two-year project.
AIS Research Summaries
School based research , The Brief , Pedagogical practice , Teaching and learning , Innovation , Assessment , Data , Numeracy , Technology , STEM , Professional learning
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Global Educational Research
Preparing for the best and worst of times
This report explores some of the challenges and opportunities around emerging technologies and what this might mean for education, particularly school education.
Global Education Research
Pedagogical practice , School improvement , Teaching and learning , Futures thinking , Innovation
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The new work reality
This latest FYA report reveals the factors that accelerate student transition to full-time work.
Global Education Research
School improvement , Teaching and learning , Futures thinking , Equity , Innovation
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Capabilities in context: A snapshot of historic and global approaches
Capabilities have a long history in education systems around the world. This snapshot provides an overview of the concept.
Global Education Research
Pedagogical practice , School improvement , Teaching and learning , Futures thinking , Innovation
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School Based Research Projects

School based research projects are undertaken over a two year period by practicing teachers and/or school leaders. 

Projects are in areas of education which ultimately impact student outcomes and make substantial contributions to new insights in and beyond individual schools.

Each year member schools in NSW are invited to apply for funding and support for their proposed two-year project, and projects are selected based on rigorous assessment processes. Schools may apply individually or as a cluster.

Research to Practice Initiative

The Research to Practice Initiative invites your team to engage with an AISNSW Education Consultant in an ongoing collaboration using the ground-breaking Spiral of Inquiry framework (Halbert & Kaser, 2013) and current research about quality teaching and learning in Science and Technology. Identified by the OECD as one of the most impactful forms of professional learning, the Spiral of Inquiry framework enables teachers to pursue new learning in relation to the specific needs of the students in their class

Education Research Council

The AIS Education Research Council (ERC) – officially established in 2014 – has a mandate to investigate and support the research needs of independent schools in NSW. This includes:

  • understanding the breadth of research directions and areas of importance to schools
  • engaging whole school communities in evidence based educational practice
  • continuing to make use of up-to-date research and findings to inspire practitioners in independent schools.

Learn more about the ERC’s ground-breaking work.

Courses and Events
Research and Data Division
Tiffany Roos
Division Head
Lesley Wright
Peter Hatzidimitriou
Data Analyst
Darian Naidoo
Brittney Unicomb
Personal Assistant to Division Head