“The fact that Ark Blacklands Primary Academy has been designated the Hastings Opportunity Area Research School is fantastic news.”
Ark Blacklands Primary School in Hastings is to become a Research school. In the latest announcement by Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, Blacklands has been selected as one of 11 new schools to become research schools as part of a major education upheaval joining another 11 already existing research schools.
The selected schools will share a pot of £2 million receiving £200,000 each. This will allow them to become “focal points of evidence-based practice” in their regions over the next three years. They are now expected to build networks between a numbers of schools and develop a programme of support. this includes events to encourage more teachers to use research evidence to improve classroom learning.
The research school hubs are part of the government’s plans to drive educational outcomes in 12 “opportunity areas” including Hastings where Driver Youth Trust implement our flagship programme, Drive for Literacy, which builds teacher capability and school capacity to identify and support learners who struggle with reading, writing, speaking and listening in eleven schools.
Driver Youth Trust is delighted to announce this as we supported Ark Blacklands application, having worked closely with them over the last couple of years.
Chris Rossiter, Driver Youth Trust Director had this to say;
“The fact that Ark Blacklands Primary Academy has been designated the Hastings Opportunity Area Research School is fantastic news.
Driver Youth Trust has enjoyed a strong relationship with Blacklands since it joined the Ark network and made extraordinary progress to becoming one of the strongest schools in the area. We have already supported the Research School application and will continue to collaborate on projects with mutual benefit.
Blacklands Principal, Lorraine Clark, is dedicated to delivering the best possible educational opportunities to the pupils across Ark’s primaries in Hastings. Research school status is a testament to her leadership and this exceptional school.”
Alongside this fantastic news, it has also been announced the the chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, Sir Kevan Collins, has been appointed as ‘evidence champion’. His job is to support the regions to “better use evidence to improve outcomes and social mobility prospects for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged homes.” He continued with; “I’m looking forward to getting started as evidence champion and bringing this to bear in these areas that need it most. By working with local partners, schools and organisations, we have the potential to really make a difference.”
In reference to the new research schools, Sir Collins added; “the new research schools will be crucial and will help to break down barriers so that research doesn’t stay in the pages of academic journals but has a real impact on classroom practice. Putting teachers in the driving seat can make all the difference.”
Quotes from Sir Kevan Collins come from: http://schoolsweek.co.uk/2-2m-for-11-new-research-schools-takes-total-to-22/