Are you interested in being one of Bradford’s Research Champions?

To be completed by: Tue 28 Jan 2020

Time: -Tue 28 Jan 2020 | Venue:

Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School and Beckfoot Trust have been commissioned lead the recruitment and development of 30 grant-funded Research Champions who will take a leading role in making their schools more evidence-aware and research-engaged.

These roles are part of the commitment made in the Bradford Opportunity Area Delivery Plan to support Bradford as a City of Research. Much has already been achieved in Bradford, through the combined efforts of Bradford schools and academies, with the support of the Centre for Applied Educational and the Bradford Research School.

Funds have been secured to support the recruitment, training and support of 30 teachers or other school staff. Schools will receive a grant of £4,716, broadly in line with the costs of four-term 2a TLR (or an equivalent payment for non-teaching staff) with a contribution towards on-costs included within this grant payment.

We are looking for colleagues who will:

  • Lead school engagement with research and evidence, acting as an advocate for its benefits
  • Contribute to a community of educational research champions in Bradford
  • Disseminate research to teachers and leaders in a logical, well-considered process to help develop school practice in teaching and learning
  • Encourage and support the school to engage in research or participate in educational trials, helping to support evidence-informed implementation

We seek expressions of interest from colleagues with experience of successful leadership of improvement initiatives at classroom or whole-school level, who are:

  • Passionate about leading school improvement at classroom level
  • Able to see the big picture of school improvement at a whole school level
  • Enthusiastic readers of research, at least in summary formats
  • Like to ask ‘why’ and challenge own thinking about teaching, learning and approaches to school improvement
  • Have the ability to influence others in order to develop practice
  • Confident in disseminating and presenting research, addressing misconceptions and challenging those who resist change with the support of school leaders
  • Able to develop a strong awareness of research, including that from the EEF, IEE and Born in Bradford/CAER

We anticipate the recruitment of colleagues currently working from across Bradford’s nursery, primary, secondary, special and alternative provision schools. Full, mandatory training will be provided in the Summer Term, 2020, followed by mandatory facilitated, half-termly network meeting.

To express an interest in this programme, please write in confidence by 1pm, 25th February 2020 to Christian Bunting, Director, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School,

There is an opportunity to drop in and meet colleagues from Bradford’s Research Active Network, The Centre for Applied Educational Research, Bradford Birth to 19, and Beckfoot Trust at Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, Bradford on Monday 3rd February, 3:30-5:30.

To request further details about this initiative, to request an outline job description and personal specification, or to book a place at this drop-in, contact Abi Traynor The recruitment process will take place in March, 2020 to allow Research Champions to be in place for the start of the Summer Term.

In an email of approximately 500 words to applicants should tell us about their interest in research and evidence, their experience of leading successful evidence-informed initiatives at classroom or wider-school level and their reasons for applying for this role.

Applications need to be supported by an email of approximately 200 words from the Headteacher which would describe how the school would support the role, endorse the applicant’s candidacy, and guarantee attendance at training and network events.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Christian Bunting, 01274 494898


Published: 28/01/2020
Audience: Headteachers, School Leaders, Teachers, Associate Staff
Contact: Christian Bunting

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