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Head evaluator and author of evaluation report. London Schools Excellence Fund Reference: 1044, Total LSEF grant funding for project: £393,700.00. Ascend focussed on improving the quality of teachers’ subject knowledge and pedagogy in teaching disadvantaged groups of pupils through Lesson Study, a specified and tested form of classroom action research focused on the development of teacher practice knowledge. Highly significant shifts were shown in teachers’ pedagogical skills and confidence. Teachers’ report enhanced understanding of their pupils’ learning and this had a significant impact on the progress of target pupils. Target pupils made significant gains in their learning as measured quantitatively by their progress in their subject and in qualitative evidence of changes to their understanding, use of subject skills and wider learning behaviours. While evidence suggests that in all but 2 schools Ascend is being embedded, while in all schools as they have made a commitment to continue into Year 3 of the Project. Children were more engaged and proactive during lessons as observed by support staff.
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