What’s going on at Huntington Research School in 2017-18?

2 October 2017

As I write this it seems hard to believe that we have been a Research School for a full year and year two is already underway. What a privilege it has been to be able to meet and work with so many colleagues in schools who are passionate and focused upon improving outcomes for our young people.

The research school network has grown significantly since last September with the addition of 6 new schools announced last April and a further 11 announced in July specifically located in opportunity areas. This now brings the total to 22 nationally, with Yorkshire and the Humber having added Dixons Academies in Bradford, Esk Valley Alliance for the North Yorkshire Coast and Partners in Learning in Doncaster. This Schools Week article on ‘Research Schools: What are they and why do they exist?’

Meet the Team:

This year our Research School team has grown:

Alex Quigley, Director of Research School and English teacher

Jane Elsworth, Assistant Director of Research School and Geography teacher

Stephen Foreman, Research-lead and Design Technology teacher

Marcus Jones, Research-lead: Literacy and English teacher

Julie Watson, Research-lead: Cognition and Psychology teacher

Claire Kilner is our Research School Administrator who makes everything tick!


What follows is a short summary of just some of the opportunities and training that we will be offering over the next year:

Research School build 2


Coming up very soon is Evidence in Education: Northern Networks: Making it Work which is returning to the University of York on Friday 20th October after a very successful first event in July 2016. The focus will be on supporting our school system to be more evidence-based with keynote talks from Roger Pope, from the National College for Teaching and Leadership and Sean Harford, from OFSTED, book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment! You can book HERE.

keynotes for EiE 2

This is closely followed by the start of our 4-day Research Lead programme ‘Building confident Research leads here at Huntington on 29th November. This is to support staff in your schools to solve problem with evidence-informed decisions and to develop a culture of evidence engagement. You can book HERE.

We will also be running our very successful and over-subscribed programme from the last academic year ‘Leading Learningagain. This is to support leaders in your schools with creating an effective vision for CPD and to provide guidance and tools to support the implementation of this in your organisation. You can book HERE.

We are in the midst of planning exciting events and programmes linked to the Education Endowment Foundation guidance reports on Literacy and Metacognition.

We will also host free twilight sessions where we bring in experts and tackle topics of local and regional interest.

If you want to find out more and get involved, you can do the following:

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