There seems to be great deal of fuss about educational research currently. Now, don’t get us wrong. We like education research when it’s done by someone who is both a) an educationalist and b) a researcher. However, busy teachers might start to feel rather unsure about whether to innovate in their classrooms unless their ideas have gone through a randomised control trial and been approved by self-appointed guardians of classroom practice.

Because of this we have put together a simple five-step guide to classroom research. We hope it helps:

1. Try something new

2. See if it works

3. If it does go to step four. If it doesn’t return to step one

4. Do more of it

5. Repeat

That’s about it.

Of course, the million dollar question is defining what ‘works’ means in point two. And assessing it.