Leeds Beckett unveils £50,000 research fund

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Schools are being invited to bid for funding from a £50,000 university research fund in a bid to discover what really works to improve the lives of young people.

The Carey Philpott Partner Research Fund has been established by the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University and is open to applications from its partner schools, networks and community-based organisations with an education focus, of which there are more than 1,000 nationwide. The aim of the funding is to help schools and other education organisations to develop practice-based research.

Five awards of £10,000 are available for the current academic year, with successful bidders to be supported by a researcher from the university who is an expert in the project’s field.

Rachel Lofthouse, a professor of teacher education at Leeds Beckett, explained: “The overall aim of the fund is to support the development of educational practices which are informed by relevant, rich and context-sensitive research.

“We hope that the five successful projects will support educational decision-making which creates positive impacts for children and young people, professionals and communities.”

Bids are invited around the following research areas:

  • Race and education, including racism in schools
  • Creativity, including child-led, imaginative and curious learning.
  • Mental health in schools, focusing on senior staff roles.
  • Professional learning through coaching and/or mentoring.
  • SEND in schools, including raising outcomes and developing staff expertise.

The closing date for applications is October 27. Email R.Bristow-Wood@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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