Research schools network expands to boost teaching

Ten more schools are to be funded to help teachers make the best use of evidence to improve teaching and learning

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Ten schools across the country have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research. 

The new research schools will each get £140,000 over three years to work with other schools in their areas on how to make best use of research.


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The new research schools join an existing 22 research schools, which are overseen by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education, an independent charity based at the University of York.

Previously research schools have been funded to the tune of £200,000 over three years. The EEF says that there will be opportunities for research schools to access more funding for direct support for schools at a later stage.

Research schools develop a programme of support to ensure all schools in their area have access to evidence-based resources, training, and networks that make a difference in the classroom. They also work with schools to enable them to develop their own ways to improve teaching and learning and evaluate the impact of this.

“We’re at an important moment in the potential of evidence to improve teaching and learning in England’s schools, particularly for our most disadvantaged young people,” Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the EEF, said.

“Not only is this country now a world-leader in producing high-quality evidence, but there is also a large and growing appetite among teachers and senior leaders to use this research to underpin their school’s improvement.  

“However, too few schools have the time and resources to take on and implement evidence. The expanded research schools network will engage with schools, local authorities, multi-academy trusts, and other practitioners to improve teaching and learning in their region. They’ll develop practical tools, training courses, professional development and coaching, all based on the best available evidence.” 

The first five research schools were set up in September 2016. An additional 17 schools joined in 2017, including 11 in opportunity areas. 

The 10 new research schools are: 

  • Newcastle Research School at Walkergate – based at Walkergate Community School 
  • Carmel Research School – based at Carmel College, Darlington
  • HISP Research School at Thornden – based at Thornden School, Eastleigh, Hampshire
  • Charles Dickens Research School – based at Charles Dickens primary, London
  • East London Research School – based at East London Early Years and Schools Partnership (lead schools Sheringham Nursery and Kaizen Primary)
  • Manchester Communication Research School – based at Manchester Communication Academy 
  • St Matthew’s Research School – based at St Matthew's primary, Birmingham
  • Billesley Research School – based at Billesley primary, Birmingham
  • Staffordshire Research School at John Taylor – based at John Taylor High School, Burton-upon-Trent 
  • Greenshaw Research School - based at Greenshaw High School, London

There will also be seven associate research schools that work with research schools to help expand their reach.

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