About this research
How was the research carried out?
There were “audits” of school research needs, research symposia for teachers, periodic research and development forums, and personalised support. However, there was no evidence that teachers’ attitudes towards research, or their use of research, changed during the intervention.
What are the strengths of the research methodology?
The evaluation helped to highlight some of the practical barriers to engagement with, and implementation of, educational research. One of the main barriers was a lack of time to fully engage in the programme, which was related to competing priorities in schools and varying levels of buy-in from senior leadership teams. The findings suggest that systematic implementation of research evidence would require sustained engagement of senior leaders through an enhanced process of
mentoring and support.
What is the context for this research?
The principal objective of this pilot study was to explore whether, and to what extent, research communication and engagement strategies had the potential to improve teachers’ use of, and attitudes towards, academic research to support pupils’ progress. The project was funded through the EEF Research Use in Schools grants round which supported studies to test ways of increasing the impact of educational research in schools. It was jointly funded by the EEF, the Department for Education and the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Fund.
- To what extent do staff participate in individual or collective professional learning which improves the outcomes for learners?
- To what extent do we build on individual skills and talents of staff to lead improvements?
About the author(s)
The project was funded through the EEF Research Use in Schools grants round which supported studies to test ways of increasing the impact of educational research in schools. It was jointly funded by the EEF, the Department for Education and the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Fund.
PDF file: Research Champions - Executive summary (26 KB)
PDF file: Ashford Teaching Alliance Research Champion (921 KB)
This research was not commissioned by Education Scotland and the findings, recommendations and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of Education Scotland.
Education Endowment Foundation. (2016), Ashford Teaching Alliance Research Champion : Evaluation report and executive summary. London : EEF
Link to full research article
Research Champions Project on Education Endowment Foundation website.