Lesson Study: Researching Classroom Practice

“This has been a fantastic opportunity to learn things about my children’s learning that i otherwise wouldn’t have known - lots of eyes taking an in depth looking at learning in the classroom, in order to boost achievement… The sessions have been extremely useful and clear. They have been well structured and helped guide us through each stage of lesson study, with a great balance of shared learning and information from the facilitatorsMarch 2018 research report


This programme will introduce participants to the principles, process and practices of Japanese lesson study, an approach to teacher professional development. The high performance of Japanese pupils in PISA, and other international league tables, has been attributed largely to this research approach to teacher learning.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for senior leaders and class-teachers.

What is involved?

The programme, which is being run in collaboration with Rosendale Research School, aims to support practitioners to lead groups of teachers engaged in lesson study research in their own settings. Led by school practitioners of lesson study, alongside experts in the approach, the programme blends practical experience of lesson study with a theoretical understanding of its goals and processes. A full set of materials is provided to enable participants to cascade learning to colleagues in their own settings.

Session details

Schools are invited to send two members of staff to this programme. The programme involves three and a half face-to-face days across the academic year including the opportunity to observe a research lesson in a local school, led by a Lead Practitioner. This programme is front loaded, with the majority of face-to-face time taking place in the Autumn Term. Each school will also receive a personalised coaching visit to support with the implementation of their own lesson study project. All sessions will be held at Charles Dickens Primary School, Toulmin Street, London SE1 1AF

Sign up and cost

Participants can sign up for 2018-19 by completing this booking form via Rosendale Research School.

Join this programme for the price of £800+VAT per school, covering two members of staff (or £720+VAT for STSA Members and Strategic Partners).