“Schools that take research seriously - both their own and published studies - are less likely to accept edicts from central bodies and more likely to trust their own judgment, according to Research Engagement for School Development,” said an article in TES
. The book’s author, Raphael Wilkins, an assistant director at the Institute of Education, said: "Practitioner researchers tend not to adopt unquestioningly something that someone else has labelled as 'best practice', unless there is ample empirical evidence to support that claim, and ample reason to suppose that the practice is transferable."
Mr Gove has said that teachers, not politicians, should decide what happens in schools, yet his actions contradict his words. As more teachers become aware of what research actually says, rather than what the Department for Education says it says, and the more teachers undertake their own research into what works, then perhaps they will resist many of Mr Gove’s “reforms”. As published elsewhere on this site
, even a Government Select Committee has found that the evidence cited by Mr Gove to justify one his flagship policies, the Ebac, doesn’t show what Mr Gove claims it shows.