Research Schools

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.

** 2nd ROUND APPLICATIONS: to apply to become a Research School (deadline: 12 Dec) please scroll down this page to 'Research School application'. 

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:

The new Research Schools are all recognised as leaders in bridging between education research and everyday classroom practice. They’ll use their expertise to support up to 1000 schools by:

  • Communication - Encouraging schools in their network to make use of evidence-based programmes and practices through regular communication and events.
  • Training & Modelling- Providing training and professional development for senior leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom practice based on the best available evidence.
  • Innovation - Supporting schools to develop innovative ways of improving teaching and learning and providing them with the expertise to evaluate their impact. 

Research School application

The EEF and the IEE are now looking to appoint a further six Research Schools to begin work in September 2017.

To be a Research School, you will need to have the capacity and reach to deliver the three strands of activity to up to 200 schools in your region. We also expect you to have experience of supporting other schools and teachers through the delivery of training. High-quality external evidence should underpin this training.

Each Research School will receive approximately £200,000 spread over three years (Year 1 - £80,000, Year 2 - £60,000, Year 3 - £60,000). This level of funding will allow the schools to recruit a senior member of staff to lead the work. 

To apply to become a Research School, you should refer to the guidance booklet, available to download in the right hand bar. Applicants will need to log in to the EEF's Grants Application portal, which can be accessed here

More information on Research Schools can be found at: