EEF announces major expansion of Research Schools Network

Ten schools across the country – from Newcastle and Manchester, to Hampshire and Staffordshire - have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.

The new Research Schools will form part of a major expansion of the EEF’s regional work from September 2019, with a significant increase in direct support for schools. This aims to help schools across the country apply evidence to improve their pupils’ outcomes and close the disadvantage gap.

The schools will each receive £140,000 over three years to become focal points of evidence-based practice in their region and build networks between large numbers of schools.

They’ll develop a programme of support to ensure all schools have access to the evidence-based resources, training, and networks that make a difference in the classroom.

The 10 new Research Schools, appointed following a competitive application process, are:

  • Newcastle Research School at Walkergate, North East
  • Carmel Research School, North East
  • HISP Research School at Thornden, South West and South Coast
  • Charles Dickens Research School, London
  • East London Research School, London
  • Manchester Communication Research School, North West
  • St Matthew’s Research School, West Midlands
  • Billesley Research School, West Midlands
  • Staffordshire Research School at John Taylor, West Midlands
  • Greenshaw Research School, London

Also announced today are seven Associate Research Schools. These schools will play a role in expanding the reach of the existing network across the country and will work closely with established Research Schools to engage schools from a wider area through communication and face to face activity.

Both the new Research Schools and the Associate Research Schools will join a network of 22 Research Schools across the country. The first launched in October 2016.

Since then, they have delivered a wide range of activities nationally to help teachers to use research to improve their teaching. For example:

  • Huntington Research School in York has provided training and support to hundreds of teachers and school leaders across York, Leeds, Sheffield and North East Lincolnshire.
  • Aspirer Research School in Macclesfield has helped developed materials and training to support early literacy in Cheshire, as well as across the wider Research School Network, including in Gloucestershire, Somerset and North Yorkshire.
  • 200 schools in regions across the UK – including Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North East - are benefiting from training to boost maths and science teaching, thanks to a partnership between the EEF Research Schools and the Kusuma Trust UK.

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

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. 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.

For further information, please contact Hilary Cornwell at the EEF on 020 7802 1676 / 07917 462164

Notes to editors

The 10 new Research Schools are:

  • Newcastle Research School at Walkergate, North East
  • Carmel Research School, North East
  • HISP Research School at Thornden School, South West and South Coast
  • Charles Dickens Research School, London
  • East London Research School, London
  • Manchester Communication Research School, North West
  • St Matthew’s Research School, West Midlands
  • Billesley Research School, West Midlands
  • Staffordshire Research School at John Taylor, West Midlands
  • Greenshaw Research School, London

The seven new Associate Research Schools are:

  • Oldham Sixth Form College Associate Research School, North West, working with Oldham RS
  • Alexandra Park Associate Research School, North West, working with Aspirer RS
  • Leicester-shire and Rutland Associate Research School at Learn-AT, East Midlands, working with Kyra RS
  • Town End Associate Research School, North East, working with Shotton RS
  • The Wolds Associate Research School at South Hunsley, Yorkshire, working with North Yorkshire Coast RS and Huntington RS
  • Sheffield Associate Research School at Notre Dame High, Yorkshire, working with Huntington RS
  • Cornwall Associate Research School at Mounts Bay, South West, working with Kingsbridge RS

More about the existing Research Schools can be found here: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/scaling-up-evidence/research-schools/