The Research Support Framework places a strong emphasis on research activities which will strengthen the links between research, policy and practice. The framework actively promotes collaboration among practising teachers and between practising teachers and other stakeholders in education. It seeks to offer support to those utilising and applying existing research in their practice, or conducting new research, especially where such projects are not associated with formal programmes of study.
The current round of the framework will also prioritise applications from practising teachers and those whose projects have the potential to contribute to research, policy and practice in the areas of wellbeing and collaboration. In this context, the Teaching Council’s broad definition of wellbeing, to include both teacher and student wellbeing, as set out on page 18 of the Cosán framework for teachers’ learning, will guide the adjudication process. Collaboration here is understood in broad terms to include collaboration involving practising teachers, students and/or others.