Meols Cop High school has received the fantastic news that our bid to become one of the new National Research Schools has been successful and we are the first secondary school in the North West to be given this status. The Educational Endowment Fund announced their choices during the Easter holidays.
“Schools in Southport, Suffolk, London, County Durham, Hertfordshire and West Sussex will receive a share of £1.2 million to become new research hubs.
Meols Cop High School, Samuel Ward Academy Trust, Rosendale Primary School, The Academy at Shotton Hall, Sandringham School and Durrington High School will each get £200,000 to become “focal points of evidence-based practice” in their regions.
The EEF said the schools will build networks with other schools and develop a programme of support and events to “get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom”.
Kevan Collins, the organisation’s chief executive, said the worlds of education research and classroom teaching had been too far apart for years.
“Research schools are breaking down these barriers even more 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.”
Meols Cop High Schools head teacher, Mr Jones said, “We are delighted to have been successfully chosen as a Research School and look forward to supporting the development of school leadership capacity, through evidence informed practice, across the North West of England. For Meols Cop to play a role helping school leaders to collaboratively provide the best possible learning and life opportunities for the young people in our own region is wonderful news and I know that my colleagues can’t wait to begin this new and exciting role. We have already been working with colleagues in local high schools via the North Sefton Coastal Teaching School Alliance and primary schools in the Southport Learning Partnership. This is a natural extension of our successful practice of bringing the best teaching and leadership possible into our own school to continue to provide the very best for all in our school community. The schools involved are amazing beacons of national excellence and I’m incredibly proud to lead a school involved in such a project. Our school has been embarking on a remarkable journey for some years now and this shows how far we have come in terms of reputation and quality”.