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Steplab joins pioneering research community RPPL
News • 8 May '24
Claire Hill

Steplab is committed to providing professional development that really works - helping teachers improve and supporting better outcomes for students. Research is an integral part of our work; we’re dedicated to ensuring our model is based on the best available evidence so that school leaders can be confident their professional development will make a real difference to their schools.

That’s why we’re proud to affiliate with the world-leading research network, the Research Partnership for Professional Learning (RPPL).

“We're delighted to be recognised by RPPL as an Affiliate+ member. This underlines our commitment to developing coaching solutions based on rigorous research. And it allows us to join leading researchers and practitioners in further exploring how best to support teachers’ continuous development leading to better outcomes for all students.” Josh Goodrich, Steplab CEO

Research-driven coaching

Steplab’s responsive coaching model stands in stark contrast to traditional PD approaches. By moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach, responsive coaching supports every teacher to improve - no matter their experience and expertise - through a coaching model that is simple, flexible and adaptable, focusing on personalised goals. This ensures professional development is directly aligned with teacher, school and trust priorities, to provide tangible results.

Shared mission

Like Steplab, RPPL was established to address a critical need in education by tackling the challenge of ineffective PD. RPPL’s mission is to generate new knowledge on how high-quality professional learning can transform teacher practice and drive student success. Their collaborative approach brings together organisations implementing real-world PD models alongside expert researchers to find ways to empower teachers to experiment, collaborate, and build strong habits for excellent teaching. They’re committed to ensuring all students benefit from quality education, especially for historically under-served populations.

“These kinds of international research team-ups are exactly what the sector needs; pulling together some of the best brains in the pursuit of a better understanding of and approach to developing teachers – the most important people in the world!" Peps Mccrea, Steplab Director of Education

If you’d like to hear more about how Steplab's evidence-based model provides 1000s of schools with professional development that really works, contact [email protected] or book a free demo.


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