New ‘research schools’ to raise standards.

‘Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a wave of "research schools" to raise standards in disadvantaged parts of England.

This will be part of an announcement of six more "opportunity areas", where efforts will be focused to improve social mobility.

There will now be 12 opportunity areas in total and each will have a research school.

These schools will encourage innovation and share evidence-based ideas.

The six new opportunity areas will be Bradford, Doncaster, Fenland and East Cambridgeshire, Hastings, Ipswich, and Stoke, identified as social mobility "cold spots".

The total of 12 areas will share £72m, to improve the quality of education and to provide young people with the advice and skills needed for good jobs.

These will build partnerships between schools and colleges and local employers and careers services.

There will be a £3.5m scheme announced for each of the 12 areas to have a research school, to be set up with the Education Endowment Foundation.

These schools are intended to improve the quality of teaching and share ideas from the latest educational research.’ (BBC News)

‘Ms Greening said education was “central” to breaking down barriers to social mobility, and added: “Opportunity areas will help local children get the best start in life, no matter what their background. Ensuring all children can access high-quality education at every stage is critical.

“We will focus not just on what we can do to help inside schools, but also create the opportunities outside school that will raise sights and broaden horizons for young people.”

She is also due to say that there will be a research school in each of the 12 opportunity areas, established by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), a charity that aims to break the link between family income and educational attainment.

The government said the research schools, funded by £1.5 million from the Department for Education and £2 million from the EEF, would “lead the development and dissemination of evidence-led practice in local schools”.

They will be existing schools, acting as “local excellence hubs” for evidence-based practice, and will create training and resources, and work directly with local schools to “build their capacity to use evidence in their decision-making”.

The EEF plans to spread what is learned from the research schools across the country.

The government originally said it would set up 10 opportunity areas, with total funding of £60 million. Today’s announcement increases the number to 12, with funding rising proportionately to £72 million.

The previously announced opportunity areas were Blackpool, Derby, Norwich, Oldham, Scarborough and West Somerset.’ (TES

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