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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.

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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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In recognition of the importance of STEM education to Australia’s future, the AISNSW provides funding and support to independent schools to implement projects in this area. This Brief evaluates the impact of undertaking STEM projects to support schools in achieving objectives related to increased student engagement, uptake, and achievement, as well as enhanced teacher capacity and STEM teaching quality.
AIS Research Summaries
STEM , School based research , Teaching and learning , Evaluation , The Brief
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Report Card 1: Optimising conditions for primary science and technology
This Report Card summaries findings of a study that examined barriers to the effective teaching of primary science and technology in NSW independent schools.
AIS Research Summaries
AIS Commissioned Research , STEM , School improvement , Leadership , Report Card
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Global Educational Research
Leading for impact: Australian guidelines for school leadership development
Strong evidence exists that leadership which focuses on improving teaching and learning has a significant impact on student achievement. This report sets out evidence-based guidance to support a nationally coherent and standards-based approach to leadership development.
Global Education Research
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The Australian principal occupational health, safety and wellbeing survey 2017 data
This comprehensive report presents a substantive and detailed view of factors that impact principals' wellbeing across all three school sectors in Australia.
Global Education Research
Wellbeing , School improvement , Leadership
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School climate and social and emotional learning: Two approaches
This brief reviews research on how positive school climates support SEL and how improved SEL contributes to improved school climate in schools. The brief also discusses blended models that have effects on school climate and social and emotional competence.
Global Education Research
Wellbeing , Pedagogical practice , School improvement
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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
Le Tran
Research Associate
Peter Hatzidimitriou
Data Analyst
Darian Naidoo
Brittney Unicomb
Personal Assistant to Division Head