What is a Case Study?

A case study is an account of any development that has resulted in improvement.

Case studies should

  • Focus on identified needs
  • Demonstrate improvement in one or more of these areas:
    – achievement of pupils
    – quality of teaching
    – behaviour and safety of pupils
    – quality of leadership and management
  • Describe purpose (intentions) and methodology (what you did)
  • Describe impact, providing evidence
  • Provide key messages and make available materials for others attempting to replicate the work.

A case study need not be lengthy to fulfil these criteria and be of value to others – it depends on the nature of your development work.

Before you start adding your own, it is worth browsing a few case studies to familiarise yourself with the format and sequence and consider what you will need to include.

Work in progress Case Studies

A ‘Work in Progress’ is a study of a development which is still ongoing; where there are not yet outcomes. A school may wish to publish a Work in Progress to share with others their current development so that other schools can contribute their experience or join with them in the development work.

A Work in Progress can be converted to a full case study once the outcomes are known.

Why do case studies matter?

Schools are in the business of learning. We thrive from developing our skills by learning from others.

Within Camden we are fortunate to have some wonderful learning establishments. Case studies enable us to celebrate the great teaching and learning that goes on in our schools as well as disseminating information about what we did and what made a real impact. This way we can all share great ideas without endlessly reinventing the wheel.

The website will act as repository for great learning as well as a megaphone to spread the skills of our greatest asset – the school staff.

Case studies can work at a macro or micro level but they work best when you follow the guidelines set out above.