Published Work

Over the years, I have contributed to a number of articles including:

The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/may/08/ten-ways-improve-student-literacy

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jun/03/how-to-encourage-students-read-for-pleasure-teacher-top-tips

Book:

In 2019, my first book was published by Bloomsbury Publishing. 

Book Cover

The book is part of Bloomsbury’s CPD Library series. It is based on my experiences and own journey whilst trying to embed research in my classroom and through running CPD sessions for others in my role as Head of Research and Head of English. Please see more about the book below. It can be purchased from Amazon or Bloomsbury.

 

The book has just been reviewed by UkEdChat: https://ukedchat.com/2020/01/12/research-informed-practice/ 

who said:

  • This book is for teachers seeking to: address a specific problem, widen their teacher network, deepen their understanding of certain pedagogical strategies and build leaders both in a classroom and school-wide setting.
  • As she praises bloggers for their clarity of communication, the author models this good practice with blog style summaries including various links; thus, rendering her book a behemoth of resources.
  • You cannot escape the realisation of your limitations as a teacher, this book pushes all to reach deep into their practice and then out in order to problem solve.
  • The encouragements to engage with research are rooted into the need to establish an individual vision. This took me back to my training where “remember your why!” was seared onto my prefrontal cortex.

and by School’s Week who gave it 5 stars. The review is available via Schools Week. https://schoolsweek.co.uk/research-informed-practice/ 

Schools Week review

Overview:

Research-informed practice has an ever-growing impact on teaching. It involves reading widely, and discussing and debating evidence from sources outside a teacher’s own educational setting. When done well, it can greatly improve practice, although it can often be complex and time-consuming. Bloomsbury CPD Library: Research-Informed Practice provides simple, manageable strategies for busy classroom teachers to access and engage with research and use it to transform teaching.

Experienced teacher and research lead Jennifer Ludgate presents an invaluable guide to using research to inform teaching practice within a busy school term. Full of top tips, it’s split into two sections – teach yourself and train others – to develop a research-informed culture across the whole school. This easy-to-follow title in the Bloomsbury CPD Library series features self-evaluation tasks for reviewing your own progress and includes ready-to-use training plans for 20 hours of CPD.

With all handouts and presentation slides available as a free download from the companion website, this is an essential resource for any classroom teacher or school leader who would like to improve teaching practice using research and evidence.

Reviews: 

“Like the other titles in this brilliant Bloomsbury CPD Library series, Jennifer Ludgate’s Research-Informed Practice is immensely practical in nature and bursting with advice if your intention is to become more research-informed but you are not sure where to start. Using the helpful structure of Part 1: Train yourself and Part 2: Train others, Jennifer’s infectious enthusiasm guides you through this exciting professional learning, identifying a key shift needed towards thinking more proactively about our decision-making processes. The book comes with an array of questionnaire, templates and PowerPoint presentations, whilst at the heart of it, Jennifer provides us with a great Research Starter Toolkit in which she summarises for us the key learning points from some seminal research papers and reports. This does not lessen the impact of her advice on developing the ability to critically evaluate research evidence. The absolute joy of the book is in the way it empowers professionals to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This will be a genuinely great addition to schools’ CPD bookshelves and I strongly recommend engaging with it.” –  Hélène Galdin O-Shea, ResearchED organiser and Research Advocate at Park High School

“In the last few years, references to research evidence have become commonplace in many schools. But what is good research? How and when should we be critical? Jennifer Ludgate offers some great starting points for busy teachers looking to engage with research evidence and to become critical consumers of research evidence. This book is useful for keen teachers and conscientious school leaders seeking research evidence that can helpfully inform their practice in the classroom.” –  Alex Quigley, National Content Manager at the Education Endowment Foundation and former English teacher, @HuntingEnglish

“This book would be of value to members of staff who are responsible for managing CPD as it provides a clear structure for developing confidence in understanding and engaging with your own knowledge and skills as a precursor to training others.” –  SEN Magazine