Press release

Winners of new research award announced 

24 February 2010

Two colleges will be the first recipients of a new award that recognises commitment to putting research at the heart of practice in schools and colleges at a research conference in London on Friday, 26th February.

South Dartmoor College and the Sixth Form College Farnborough will receive the Research Engaged School/College Award, which was pioneered by NFER and supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Institute for Learning, National Union of Teachers, National College and Education Journal.

The award, developed in response to the growing interest in action research in schools and colleges, is open to whole schools, departments or faculties where a group of people have made the decision to do their own research to help improve learning and teaching.

NFER’s Alison Lawson said: “The reason for the level of interest in the award is simple: recognition of research activity is essential if it is to be viewed as important by the profession, by the educational research community and those with an eye on education practice and policy.”


For more information about the Research Engaged School/College Award, contact Gail Goodwin on 01753 637159,

Notes to editors

The award is open to any school or college. Criteria cover:

In addition to the proof required for the set criteria, at least one concrete example of recent research activity must be enclosed with the application. The award does not assure the quality of the research, but does require each institution to provide evidence of its own quality assurance procedure.

About the Research Engaged School/College Award

About the LSIS/IfL/NFER Annual Research Conference