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.There are many evidence-based resources and tools available to help improve teaching practice and raise the attainment of pupils, but it can be difficult to get research into schools in ways that really make a difference in the classroom. Research Schools aim to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice. Through the network they will share what they know about putting research into practice, and support schools in their region to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom.We are a National Teaching School and, together with Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden and St Albans Girls’ School, run the Alban Teaching School Alliance, delivering high-quality training across our local area. We also run the Alban Federation and train teachers of the future as a designated Initial Teacher Training awarding body.  We are very excited to be extending our work in embedding an evidence-informed culture within the teaching profession as a Research School. As a Research School, our core purpose is to:

  • Support engagement with evidence throughout our network of schools and beyond.

  • Communicate the very best of evidence-based practice through our website, blogs, newsletter and social media.

  • Provide evidence-informed training and modelling, to support teachers and schools to use evidence-based practice.

  • Host conferences and other events.

  • Develop innovations that help improve practice in our classrooms.