Don Valley Academy secures funding to boost the quality of teaching in South Yorkshire and beyond


Don Valley Academy in Doncaster has secured £210,000 in funding across three academic years to form a new Research School, joining the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) network of Research Schools across England.

Their main role will be to support schools to use evidence to improve teaching practice. They will provide local and regional support to other schools by communicating research evidence and supporting the translation of this into practice through training, exemplification and school-to-school support.

Don Valley Academy will receive EEF funding from September 2023 to July 2026 to support their local schools to improve pupil outcomes through better use of evidence. This will consist of a core annual grant to cover leadership time, staff development as well as training to support evidence-led practice in the local region.

Don Valley Academy is one of six new Research Schools announced today by the EEF:

  • Don Valley Academy, Delta Academies Trust, South Yorkshire
  • Front Lawn Primary Academy, The Kemnal Academies Trust, Hampshire
  • Lyons Hall Primary School, The Learning Pathways Trust, Essex
  • Rowanfield Junior School, The Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, Gloucestershire
  • Torriano Primary School (in collaboration with Parliament Hill School), North London
  • Tudor Grange Academy Solihull, Tudor Grange Academies Trust, West Midlands

Since 2016, the EEF’s Research Schools Network has reached over 10,000 schools across England through training and events on supporting evidence-informed teaching practice.

The appointment of these new Research Schools – through a competitive application process – is part of the EEF’s new regional strategy, which aims to provide direct support around making, and acting on, evidence informed decisions to schools with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage.

The EEF will be accountable for the development, support and quality assurance of the work of each of these new Research Schools.

Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“It has never been more important to assist schools in engaging with evidence to inform their approaches to teaching and learning. The appointment these new Research Schools will be a valuable source of support for others in their respective regions, as they strive to meet the needs of their students.

These latest additions to the EEF’s Research Schools Network offer the opportunity to establish new connections, through which schools across England will be able to share expertise and access practical tools, with the view to raising the attainment of all of their pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”