Innovation Evaluation Grants

The Innovation Evaluation Grants are available to schools that are working closely with the Research Schools Network.They are awarded by the IEE to provide funding for pilot evaluations of innovations of teaching and learning approaches that support the Research Schools Network’s goal to improve the attainment of pupils by increasing the use of evidence-based practices.

Goals of the Innovation Evaluation Project

Teachers often try out innovations of teaching and learning practices with their pupils. Sometimes these are approaches that the teachers have developed themselves, either alone or in collaboration with colleagues in their school. Sometimes they are adaptations of approaches that have been proven to work elsewhere, which the teachers have altered to work with their particular pupils.

The overall goal of the Research Schools Network is to improve the attainment of pupils by increasing the use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices. The specific goals of this fund are to increase the evidence base by supporting evaluations of innovations of teaching and learning approaches, communicating the findings among the Research Schools Network, and encouraging applications for larger systematic evaluations of promising approaches. The evaluations will be pilot studies of innovations, not large-scale randomised controlled trials. Nonetheless, there should be a comparison of pupil achievement that will indicate whether or not the intervention has potential.

Dates of future funding rounds

Autumn term round to open on Monday 25 September 2017 and close on Friday 10 November 2017.

Spring term round to open on Monday 15 January 2018 and close on Friday 2 March 2018.

Summer term round to open on Monday 30 April 2018 and close on Friday 15 June 2018.

Download the Innovation Evaluations handbook

Projects starting soon

Building resilience in learners

Sidmouth College will be working with six schools to deliver and evaluate a six-week course based on cognitive behaviour therapy principles to Year 7 pupils who have been identified as having low attendance, achievement, poor behaviour and attitude to learning. Their evaluation will test whether interventions are effective in improving pupils’ wellbeing and resilience so that they feel settled in the classroom and are ready to learn.

Evaluating the impact of feedback using an audio tool compared to written feedback

This project, led by Notre Dame High School, will evaluate the effectiveness of teachers recording verbal feedback for pupils, both in terms of improving A-level test outcomes in sociology and maths and having a positive impact on teacher workload. Read more

The effect of immediate (live) marking on pupil progress in science

The Westwood Academy’s innovation provides pupils with immediate feedback during teaching sessions to enable them to develop their thinking in class, and thereby increase their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Active Banking – Accelerated Vocabulary Enhancement

In this innovation, Bishop Challoner Catholic College will investigate whether it is possible to accelerate rates of vocabulary development by training pupils in an active reading strategy called “Active Banking”. Read more

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