Justine Greening to announce funding for EEF Research Schools in new Opportunity Areas

At an event hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Sutton Trust later today the Education Secretary Justine Greening will announce the expansion of the Opportunity Areas programme - targeted investment in social mobility 'coldspots' - to a further six areas across England, along with a new £3.5m programme that will see the Education Endowment Foundation establish a Research School for each of the twelve Opportunity Areas. 

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

"Improving educational standards in ‘coldspots’ is one of the biggest challenges we face in our drive to improve social mobility. While evidence of ‘what works’ is one of our most useful tools to do this, we know that research on its own is not enough to make a difference in the classroom.

"Our new Research Schools will use their own expertise and experiences to provide strong leadership and guidance to schools in each Opportunity Area, supporting their colleagues to use research to improve pupil outcomes. No-one is better-placed to support schools in doing this than teachers themselves."

  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. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £80 million to 133 projects working with over 850,000 pupils in over 8,300 schools across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.
  2. The Research Schools Network is a partnership between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to fund a network of schools who will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.
    The Research Schools will become a focal-point for evidence-based practice in their region, building affiliations with large numbers of schools and supporting the use of evidence at scale. Research Schools will engage with local schools in a variety of ways and with varying degrees of intensity. The first five Research Schools, appointed following a competitive application process, are: