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Research School Network: Our aims Leading the way in the use of evidence-based practice

Our aims


Leading the way in the use of evidence-based practice

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School-led support for evidence-based practice

There are many evidence-based resources and tools available to help improve teaching practice and raise the attainment of pupils, but it can be difficult to get research into schools in ways that really make a difference in the classroom.

Research Schools aim to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice. Through the network they will share what they know about putting research into practice, and support schools in their region to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom.

They will do this by:

  • Encouraging schools in their network to make use of evidence-based programmes and practices through regular communication and events
  • Providing training and professional development for senior leaders and teachers on how to improve classroom practice based on the best available evidence
  • Building local capacity to support the use of evidence and evidence informed practices

Meet our Research Schools, and learn about their work on this page.

Becoming a Research School will enable us to collectively bridge the gap between research and practice at classroom level, school level, cluster level and across the region. We are ambitious for what we can achieve together to impact on the lives and learning of pupils.