12
Jul 2017
Research School Announcement!

PARTNERS IN LEARNING TEACHING SCHOOL ALLIANCE IN DONCASTER WINS SHARE OF FUNDING TO HELP IMPROVE QUALITY OF TEACHING IN THEIR REGION

JUSTINE GREENING UNVEILS NEW EEF / IEE RESEARCH SCHOOLS AT SOCIAL MOBILITY SUMMIT

Partners in Learning in Doncaster is one of eleven schools/teaching school alliances to have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.

The new Research Schools – part-funded through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme and part of a joint initiative between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) - were unveiled by the Education Secretary Justine Greening at a summit hosted by the Sutton Trust today.

Partners in Learning will receive £200,000 over three years to become the focal point of evidence-based practice in Doncaster and build networks between large numbers of schools. They’ll develop a programme of support and events to get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom.

The 11 new Research Schools, appointed following a competitive application process, are:

  • Hastings Research School at Ark Blacklands Primary Academy
  • Stoke-on-Trent Research School by The Keele and North Staffordshire Alliance
  • Norwich Research School at Notre Dame High School
  • Oldham Research School by The Greetland Academy
  • Blackpool Research School at St Mary's Catholic Academy
  • Doncaster Research School by Partners in Learning
  • Scarborough Research School by Esk Valley Alliance
  • Derby Research School at Wyndham Primary
  • West Somerset Research School at The Blue School, Wells
  • Bradford Research School at Dixons Academies
  • East Cambridgeshire and Fenlands Research School at Littleport CP School

Partners in Learning will join a growing network of Research Schools across the country. The first five were announced in October 2016, with a second six established in January 2017.

Partners in Learning is an inclusive teaching school alliance working with over 120 schools from all phases across Doncaster and beyond. Our vision is to create a sustainable, inclusive and productive partnership utilising the expertise from across the alliance and beyond which will lead to the improvement and development of high quality leadership, teaching and learning and improved outcomes for pupils across all our schools. Partners in Learning Primary Teaching School Alliance was designated in April 2013 and Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School Alliance was designated in July 2015.

Research Schools have delivered a wide range of activities nationally to help teachers to use research to improve their teaching. They include programmes to help schools make the most of teaching assistants, training to support literacy in the early years and backing to develop Research School leads to spearhead the use of evidence in the classroom. They’ve also hosted conferences for schools in their area and put together monthly Research Schools Network newsletters, sent to 3000 teachers around the country.

Justine Greening also announced today that Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the EEF, would become ‘Evidence Champion’ for the Opportunity Areas. He will support the regions, including DONCASTER to better use evidence to improve outcomes and social mobility prospects for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged homes.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: 

 

"Teachers are key to making sure that young people can reach their potential, regardless of where they start in life, so helping the profession be the best it can be will help tackle social mobility. By gathering evidence on what works in the classroom and sharing the best practice with teachers we can help to level up the opportunities for every pupil. These Research Schools will accelerate the work that is already underway in our Opportunity Areas and as our 'Evidence Champion', I know that Sir Kevan will look to share these learnings with teachers across the country." 

 

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“I’m delighted that Kevan is to become ‘Evidence Champion’. Under his leadership the Education Endowment Foundation has changed the landscape of education research in England. No one is better placed to support and inspire schools to use research to improve outcomes for their pupils.”

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

“We know that there are big differences in social mobility across the country. Reaching those ‘coldspots’ is one of the biggest challenges we face in our drive to improve social mobility.

“Evidence of ‘what works’ is one of our most useful tools to do this. I’m looking forward to getting started as ‘Evidence Champion’ and bringing this to bear in these areas that need it most. By working with local partners, schools and organisations, we have the potential to really make a difference.

“The new Research Schools will be crucial. They’ll help to break down barriers so that research doesn’t stay in the pages of academic journals but has a real impact on classroom practice. Putting teachers in the driving seat can make all the difference.”

Professor Bette Chambers, Director at the Institute for Effective Education, said:

“We have been very impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm of the first eleven Research Schools to using research evidence to enhance teaching and learning. The new Research Schools show similar enthusiasm and will contribute considerably to the growing Research Schools Network.

“By supporting schools in their areas, and bridging the gap between research and practice, they will help to improve outcomes for children across the country.”

A spokesperson from Partners in Learning said:

‘We are thrilled to have been designated as a Research School and to have the opportunity to work with the Education Endowment Foundation, Institute for Effective Education and Research Schools Network. This will enable us to further develop our work with schools, promote the use of evidence based practice and ultimately improve outcomes for children and young people in Doncaster.’

 

Research School Website: www.researchschool.org.uk

For further information, please contact Hilary Cornwell on Hilary.cornwell@eefoundation.org.uk / 020 7802 1676

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  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 £89.4 million to test the impact of 145 projects reaching more than 970,000 children and young people in over 9,400 schools, nurseries and colleges across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.
  2. The Institute for Effective Education (IEE) is an independent charity working closely with schools, school leaders, academy chains, other third sector organisations, and policy-makers to promote the use of research evidence to inform and improve education outcomes for all children, especially the most disadvantaged.
  3. The EEF and the IEE have not appointed a Research School in Ipswich, the twelfth Opportunity Area. They will reopen the applications in Autumn and continue to work with schools in the region to support high quality applications.
  4. The first eleven Research Schools are: