Education Endowment Foundation:EEF announces new addition to the Research Schools Network

EEF announces new addition to the Research Schools Network

Kent school appointed to support evidence-based teaching across the region.

Kent school appointed to support evidence-based teaching across the region.

Press Release •3 minutes •

Kingsnorth CE Primary School in Ashford has been selected to form the Kent Associate Research School, and join the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) network of 28 Research Schools and 10 Associate Research Schools across England. Their main objective, as an Associate of Durrington Research School in West Sussex, will be to establish new partnerships with local schools and provide effective guidance by promoting and exemplifying evidence-based practice.

The appointment of a new Associate Research School will support the EEFective Kent Project – an ambitious partnership between EEF and Kent County Council (KCC) aiming to support all Kent schools, so that they are able to access training and support based on the best available evidence. They will become part of the Research School Network, working to support schools in applying evidence-informed recommendations in their approach to improving their pupils’ outcomes.

Kingsnorth CE will be co-funded by the EEF and KCC for two years to work with Durrington Research School. Together they will work to encourage other schools in the region to adopt approaches which have a proven history of improving outcomes for learners, focusing on those that have been successful in boosting the progress of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

Christine McInnes, Director of Education for Kent County Council, said:

Shaun Allison, Director of Durrington Research School, said:

Laura Howling, Director of Kent Associate Research School for Kingsnorth CE Primary School (part of AQUILA MAT), said:


1. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is a grant-making charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus – The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

2. More information about the existing Research Schools can be found here:

3. More information about the EEFective Kent Project can be found here: EEFective Kent Project – KELSI