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“We’re particularly on the lookout for people who are confident in disseminating and presenting research, addressing misconceptions and challenging those who resist change with the support of school leaders.”

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Do you have what it takes to be a ‘Research Champion’?

The search is on for a talented team of teachers to help put Bradford at the cutting edge of evidence-based learning.

Funding has been secured for Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School and Beckfoot Trust to commission and lead the recruitment of 30 ‘Research Champions’ to take a leading role in making their schools more evidence-aware and research-engaged.

Applications for the scheme, which will include a full programme of training and support for the successful candidates, are now open. It is hoped the full cohort will be in place for the start of the summer term.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for colleagues with experience of successful improvement initiatives at classroom or whole-school level,” explained Christian Bunting, Director, Bradford Birth to 19 Teaching School.

“The pool of Research Champions will come from teachers currently working from across Bradford’s nursery, primary, secondary, special and alternative provision schools who like to ask ‘why’ and challenge current thinking about teaching, learning and approaches to school improvement.

“We’re particularly on the lookout for people who are confident in disseminating and presenting research, addressing misconceptions and challenging those who resist change with the support of school leaders.”

The Research Champion roles are part of the commitment made in the Bradford Opportunity Area Delivery Plan to support Bradford as a city of research. Schools will receive a grant of £4,716 for their involvement, with a contribution towards on-costs included within their grant payment.

Expressions of interest should take the form of an email of approximately 500 words to christian.bunting@stedmundsbradford.org.uk stating the applicant’s 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 the role.

A supporting email of approximately 200 words from the Headteacher is also required, describing how the school would support the role, endorse the applicant’s candidacy and guarantee attendance at training and network events.

The deadline for applications is 1pm on 25th February 2020


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

To request further details, an outline job description and personal specification, email here >>

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