Ark Blacklands Primary Academy chosen as Research School

Ark Blacklands Primary Academy chosen by Government as Research School

It was announced last month that Ark Blacklands Primary Academy is one of eleven new schools chosen to become a Research School. The school has been awarded £200,000 over three years to boost the quality of teaching in the region through better use of research. The new Research Schools – part-funded through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme and part of a joint initiative between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) – were unveiled by the Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Ark Blacklands will become a focal point of evidence-based practice in Hastings and build networks between large numbers of schools. The school will develop a programme of support and events to get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom.

Lorraine Clarke, Executive Principal of Ark Blacklands, said: “It’s a great privilege that Ark Blacklands has been chosen to be one of the new schools to join the Research Schools network. We look forward to working with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE). We are thrilled that the great work we do at our schools in Hastings has been recognised and that we are in a position to be able to continue to improve outcomes for our young people locally, as well as across the country.”

Find out more about what it means to be a Research School at researchschool.org.uk