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Bradford Research School is launched to help raise standards

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The new Bradford Research School is being launched tomorrow to raise standards in the classroom and promote social mobility across the district.

The school, which will be based at Dixons Academies, will champion the use of evidence of what works in the classroom to improve and support teaching across Bradford schools.

It is the latest development in Bradford’s move towards becoming a “City of Research.”

The school builds on Bradford’s strength for social and health research expertise. The city is home to the world leading Bradford Institute of Health Research and the new Woolfson Centre, which brings together the Born in Bradford (BiB ) project, the University of Bradford and the University of Leeds to carry out cutting edge research related to health.

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services said: “We are proud to be working with these key partners, helping to lead a response in Bradford that could change the lives of people in the district. Working with Dixons Academies, the Department for Education and BiB to develop this transforming potential into the world of education is something we know will directly impact on outcomes for our children as well as helping to develop an understanding of how health can impact directly on what happens in the classroom. “

The Bradford Research School has been set up in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

It has been created as part of Bradford’s Opportunity Area programme. Bradford has been chosen as one of 12 Opportunity Areas across the country to receive a share in £72m Government funding for work which promotes social mobility through education.

A new Bradford Opportunity Area partnership board has been created and a delivery plan for the work which will take place across the district will be launched in the New Year.

The Bradford Research School will work with other schools across Bradford to ensure that successful approaches to teaching can be shared across the district.

It is joining a network of existing research schools around the country which are supported by the EEF. Bradford Research School will also work with BiB to disseminate key learning from the substantial generational health projects in order to improve the health and well-being of Bradford children.

The Bradford Research School is being launched at an event tomorrow from 4.30pm at Dixons McMillan Academy.

Speakers will include Sir Nick Weller, the chief executive of Dixons Academies, Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Children’s Services and Sir Kevan Collins, the chief executive of the EEF.

Sir Nick said: “We are delighted to launch the Bradford Research School. We look forward to working with a wide range of schools across the district to disseminate the best current research about teaching and learning, and to identify our own best practice in Bradford. The more we and our partners root what we do in clear evidence of what works and what has the most impact, the more we will improve the life chances of the young people in our city.”