The Research Schools Network is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE). Additional funding from the EEF and DfE for 11 Research Schools supporting Social Mobility Opportunity Areas was announced in January in 2017.

Advisory Board

The project is overseen by an Advisory Board which provides support and guidance. It comprises members from the EEF and IEE, as well as independent members, and is chaired by Baroness Estelle Morris.

Meet the team

Alicia Shaw

Alicia is Research Schools Facilitator at the IEE. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Research Schools Network and works closely with the participating schools, supporting them to disseminate research evidence, engage local schools in evidence-based teaching and learning and facilitate the development of pilot projects. Before taking on this post Alicia worked in schools for 10 years, both as a classroom teacher and an Educational Psychologist.

Caitlin Mackinder

Caitlin is Research Schools Facilitator for schools in the north of England. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Research Schools Network and works closely with the participating schools, supporting them to disseminate research evidence, engage local schools in evidence-based teaching and learning and facilitate the development of pilot projects.

James Richardson

James is a Senior Analyst at the EEF, which he joined in September 2013 after ten years working in schools as a teacher, Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher. Alongside the rest of the team, James works closely with participating schools to manage and support the Research Schools Network.

Jonathan Haslam

Jonathan is the Deputy Director at the IEE, and the IEE’s representative on the management team for the Research Schools Network. Interested in making research more accessible for practitioners and policymakers by providing insight on the latest research findings. Editor of Best Evidence in Brief, the IEE’s e-newsletter published each fortnight, which goes to nearly 15,000 subscribers around the world. Also the IEE’s lead on the Evidence for the Frontline project, and for the secretariat of the Coalition for Evidence-based Education.

Kerry Pulleyn

As Research Schools Facilitator, Kerry provides support to Research Schools in the south and east of England. Contact her for information about Research Schools and their CPD offer in those areas of the UK.

Stuart Mathers

Stuart is School Engagement and Dissemination Manager, and is part of the Dissemination and Impact team at the EEF. Much of his work is helping support the developing network of Research Schools, especially those supporting the Opportunity Areas. Stu joined the EEF in February 2017. Before that he spent over 10 years at the Department for Education, leading teams providing policy advice on teachers' professional development, evidence-based teaching, use of teaching assistants, and primary pedagogy. Stu has been a school governor for over four years, most recently as the Chair of Governors at a very small primary school in Scarborough.