Research School

National Research School Network

The Research Schools Network is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to create a network of schools that will support the use of evidence to improve teaching practice.

Launched in 2016, Research Schools act as regional hubs for the Research Schools Network. Through the network, they share what they know about putting research into practice, and support schools to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom. As one of the founding Research Schools we aim to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice and bring research closer to schools. All of the Research Schools work with other schools in their network to help them to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning. There are currently 23 Research Schools situated across England with 13 of these focused in government identified “Opportunity Areas” where improving social mobility is seen as a priority.

Our Research School Status

Since we became one of the first designated National Research Schools in 2016, Kingsbridge Community College has been working closely with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Institute for Effective Education (IEE) and our other partners to develop evidence based approaches to teaching and learning across the Southwest of England.

The Southwest Research Schools Network effectively supports schools in the region by:

  • Encouraging schools across the southwest to make use of evidence-based programmes and practices through regular communication and events.
  • Providing training and professional development for senior leaders, teachers and paraprofessionals on how to improve classroom practice based on the best available evidence.
  • Supporting schools to develop innovative ways of improving teaching and learning and providing them with the expertise to evaluate their impact.

About the EEF and the IEE

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents.

The Institute for Effective Education (IEE) is an independent charity working closely with schools, school leaders, academy chains, other third sector organisations, and policy-makers to promote the use of research evidence to inform and improve education outcomes for all children, especially the most disadvantaged.

For more information about our Research School and the work we do, please visit our dedicated website:



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