EEF announces new addition to the Research Schools Network

Lancashire school secures funding to boost the quality of teaching in the region

St Mary’s RC Primary School has been selected to form the Lancashire Associate Research School, and join the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) network of 27 Research Schools and 10 Associate Research Schools across England. Their main objective, as an Associate of Blackpool Research School, will be to establish new partnerships with local schools and provide effective guidance by promoting and exemplifying evidence-based practise.

The appointment of a new Associate Research School in Lancashire will support an ambitious partnership with all schools in the region, so that they are able to access training and support based on the best available evidence. They will become part of the Research Schools Network, working to support schools in applying evidence-informed recommendations in their approach to improving their pupils’ outcomes.

St Mary’s RC will be funded for three years to work with Blackpool Research School, to encourage other schools in the region to adopt approaches which have a proven history of improving outcomes for learners, focusing on those that have been successful in boosting the progress of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“In these challenging times, it has never been more important to assist schools in engaging with evidence to inform their approaches to teaching and learning. The appointment of a new Associate Research School will be a valuable source of support for others in the region, as they strive to accommodate the needs of their students in the wake of the pandemic.

“This latest addition to the EEF’s Research Schools’ Network constitutes an exciting opportunity for schools in Lancashire to establish new connections, through which they will be able to share expertise and access practical tools, with the view to raising the attainment of all of their pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”