The Academy at Shotton Hall has been named as one of six new ‘research schools’ in England.
The Outstanding-graded Peterlee secondary school has been selected to receive £200k of funding to help improve the quality of teaching in the region by getting more teachers to use academic research in ways that make a difference in the classroom.
Over the next three years, it will work to break down barriers between teachers and academics by developing a programme of support and events for North East schools. These will include a range of training programmes designed to make research more accessible for teachers and bringing, what can too often be dismissed as complex concepts and principles, to life for use in the classroom.
The latest round of announcements brings the total number of research schools in the country to 11. They are:
- Aspirer Teaching School Alliance, based at Ash Grove Academy, Macclesfield
- Huntington School, York
- Kingsbridge Community College, Devon
- Kyra Teaching School Alliance, based at Mount Street Academy, Lincoln
- Shireland Collegiate Academy, Sandwell
- Meols Cop High School, Southport
- Samuel Ward Academy Trust, Haverhill, Suffolk
- Rosendale Primary School, West Dulwich, London
- The Academy at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, County Durham
- Sandringham School, St Albans, Hertfordshire
- Durrington High School, Worthing, West Sussex
Louise Quinn, Director of Shotton Hall Research School, who led the Academy’s bid said:
“As the founding school of the North East Learning Trust, a network of schools in the North East, we are well placed to lead on this exciting opportunity for the region. Making educational research accessible to teachers is at the heart of Research Schools. More importantly, they communicate what is most likely to work in terms of moving students on. Becoming a Research School not only puts us at the centre of innovative practice, but it gives us another method of improving outcomes for the children of the north east.”
SCHOOLS NorthEast welcomed the news and Director Mike Parker added:
“We need a step change in achievement, particularly at GCSE and A Level, and having a dedicated research school in the region will give a clear focus for engaging all North East schools in evidence-based education so that pupils achieve their full potential. We will do everything we can to support the Academy at Shotton Hall and help it to bring research into teaching practice for as many of our schools as possible.”