Action Research and Lesson Study Project

13 October 2022

nasen Universal SEND Services: Action Research & Lesson Study Project

Earlier this year, the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) launched the new ‘Universal SEND Services’ programme. Funded by the Department for Education and running from now until 2025, this important work includes various elements, including a school, college/FE Action Research and Lesson Study project.

Led by the University of Derby Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (ISEND) Research Cluster, this Action Research and Lesson Study project aims to support schools, colleges/FE staff to develop their own bespoke small-scale research projects that focus on inclusion and removing barriers to achievement for children and young people with SEND.

Divided into two strands, over the next three years, this project will support the development of, 50 new Lesson Study projects, and 75 new Action Research projects. 

  • Learn how to develop an ethical, bespoke ISEND research project which addresses an area of development identified as relevant and pertinent to their setting
  • Engage in 6 free, DfE funded, twilight CPD sessions which support participants step-by-step through each stage of leading a research project
  • Gain support from experienced researchers (who are also qualified teachers) in the field of ISEND
  • Gain support from a small network of other settings
  • Receive a £300 honorarium for the production of dissemination materials
  • As a marker of esteem, feature on a website that will support other settings to develop their own ISEND practitioner research projects

For more information about this project and to apply to take part in the project, please visit: 

Applying to take part in this project - Action Research and Lesson Study for ISEND - University of Derby

If you are interested in applying to take part in this project, the University of Derby is hosting a webinar:
When: 13.10.22
Time: 16:00-16:30
Where: On Teams
Cost: free
This session will provide a brief overview of the project and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. The session will also be recorded; to access the recording just click the link after the session has taken place.  

Deadline for Action Research or Lesson Study applications: 31.10.22 (17:00)

If you have any questions about this project, or the application process please feel free to email the project lead Dr Geraldene Codina