Nine GDST teachers selected for prestigious research programme

The GDST is delighted to announce that nine colleagues from our family of schools will be taking part in the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) research programme for 2021-22.  Twenty-four Fellows from a competitive pool of applicants have been selected to form the second cohort of the Global Action Research Collaborative on Girls’ Education.

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This group of teacher-researchers, representing four different countries, will conduct action research on the theme of Building Problem-Solving Capacity, Confidence, and Skills in Girls, with the opportunity to present their findings at the NCGS conference in Boston in 2022.

The programme aims to engage with all-girls educators in a collaborative, disciplined and sustained action research programme with support and guidance from expert mentors and professionals there to provide a grounding into Action Research.

The GDST has been involved with setting up and piloting the Global Action Research Collaborative over the last couple of years, working alongside colleagues at NCGS, and a number of other organisations including the Association of State Girls’ Schools in the UK and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools, Australasia to shape the programme.

Emma Crocombe, Director of Drama at Putney High School, represented the GDST in the Pilot Programme for 2020-2021. Her project focusses on developing practical tools to explore the role of the Self-Critic. Initially looking at her own drama pedagogy she is hoping her research findings could be developed across all subjects to provide usable and effective ways of allowing the girls to own their critic, not be owned by it.

Many congratulations to the following teachers for being selected for the 2021-22 cohort. We look forward to hearing more about your projects over the coming months.

  • Adam Giblin from Northwood College for Girls
  • Alexis Dowglass from Brighton Girls
  • Claire Coolin from Oxford High Prep School
  • Emma Russo from South Hampstead High School
  • Helen Carrington from Putney High School
  • Jo Orgill from Shrewsbury High School
  • Lucie Neal from Kensington Prep School
  • Sheetal Kowalczyk from Bromley High School
  • Suzy Pett from Wimbledon High School


To read more about the project, please click here and to meet 2021-22 fellows click here