Our Research School

As part of the Research Schools Network, West Somerset Research School at The Blue School, Wells, aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. We will aim to share what we know about putting research into practice, and support the schools that we’ll work with to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning. The aim, of course, is to ensure that this improves the outcomes for children in the classroom.

The priority, in the first year of a three-year project, is to work closely with schools in the West Somerset Opportunity Area. However, we will continue to work in partnership with The Behavioural Insights Team, The University of Bristol and a well-established network of schools across the whole of Somerset and South West England to improve the quality of education for young people living in the region. As a school with a strong reputation for collaborative working practices, our teachers are excited to be focusing on communication, training and innovation to help fellow professionals improve the life chances of the young people in our care.