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Five English schools selected as education research hubs

21/10/2016 Joanna

Innovative research into better methods of teaching is to be carried out by five schools across England as part of a project run by the Education Endowment Foundation and the Institute for Effective Education.

Aspirer Teaching School Alliance in Macclesfield, York's Huntington School, Kingsbridge Community College in Devon, Kyra Teaching School Alliance in Lincoln and Sandwell's Shireland Collegiate Academy have all been selected as Research Schools, meaning they will act as focal points for education research in their respective regions.

Between them, they will share £1 million in funding to build networks among a large number of local schools to help them make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning processes.

Key objectives will include the provision of training and professional development for senior leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom practice, as well as offering support for schools to develop innovative educational techniques.

A further five Research Schools will be appointed in 2016-17, with each of the ten schools to receive £200,000 over three years to enable them to fulfil their roles.

Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: "Teachers and school leaders now have access to a significant and growing body of academic research with the potential to make a real difference in the classroom.

"But we know that research on its own is not enough; applying the findings to the classroom is a real challenge. No-one is better-placed to support schools in doing this than teachers themselves."

The overall aim of this work is to ensure that innovations developed through education research are able to transition into everyday classroom practice as quickly as possible. The expertise offered by these five Research Schools will be used to support up to 1,000 schools in total.

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