Research & Evaluation

  • SCDL Year 1 Evaluation Framework– Provides details of the four main overarching aims of the SCDL project and highlights the framework of outcomes, measures and means of data collection by which these aims are evaluated.
  • SCDL Baseline Report– The baseline report carried out between November 2011 and January 2012. The report details a description of the project; an analysis of research of relevant current policy and practice; a presentation of the project evaluation framework and methodology; a series of recommendations for the project based on the baseline and includes a set of associated appendices.
  • Interim Report– The ‘Interim Activity and Progress Report’ for the Evaluation of Year 1, with information gathered during February to April 2012. The report summarises the activities of the first year of the project; provides evaluation of feedback from participates; presents findings of the analysis of the pre-participation survey completed by learners and makes relevant recommendations.
  • End of Year 1 Evaluation Report-This report, published at the end of the first year of the project, sets out the progress SCDL made in achieving its objectives and highlights recommendations for the project’s second year.
  • NICIE SCDL Evaluation Framework Year 2– The framework laid out for evaluation of the second year of the project, following from the recommendations made in the first year evaluation report.
  • Year 2 Interim Evaluation Report – this report presents a series of case studies, in order to assess and demonstrate the level of impact of the project against its strategic objectives. Based on information gathered and analysed throughout the second year of the project (May 2012-June 2013) and building upon the earlier reports.
  • SCDL Final Evaluation Report– The purpose of this report is to summarise and share the effective practice identified through the evaluation research process – ‘Sharing What Worked’. Using information gathered throughout the lifetime of the project, (May 2011-December 2013).


  • Lisburn Focus Group ReportStudents from seven schools in the Lisburn area discuss their experiences and views of shared classrooms and make a series of suggestions on how their learning in shared classrooms could be improved.
  • Learners comments extracted from baseline reportNotes from the transcript of a baseline study taken with the students from four schools. Provides insights into the students’ experiences of studying in a different school.
  • School collaboration and social capitalThe summary of findings from a doctoral study, that focuses on investigating the ways in which cooperation and tension is evidenced within relationships between schools in Area Learning Communities in Northern Ireland.
  • In Class Training Report – a review of the ‘in class training’ trial carried out as part of SCDL project, at St Colmcilles High School in March 2013. The trial’s aim was to assess the feasibility of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) model that does not require teacher withdrawal from school.
  • SEN Cluster Baseline Research Report – a report on a baseline research study carried out to inform and underpin the work of the Shared Classrooms Deepening Learning Special Educational Needs Cluster Group; with the research carried out between December 2012 and June 2013.


Case Studies

Joe O’Connor Case StudyIn these notes Joe O’Connor provides an account of St Michaels Grammar and Lurgan College, as they collaborate together to deliver AS Critical Thinking, AS Law and Chinese Studies. It discusses their experience at a shared residential weekend at Castlewellan as the two schools prepared for a trip to Rome. 

Tracey Toman Case StudyIn these notes Tracey Toman describes her involvement with SCDL and her experience delivering a series of classes in conjunction with the project on the Controversial issue of Flags in Northern Ireland and cultural identity.