The post-holder will work together with an academic placement funded by the ESRC to be recruited in parallel to this position. More information about the academic placement can be found on the ESRC website here: bit.ly/WIbgld.
To date the EEF and ESRC have committed a combined total of approximately £20m to build the evidence base demonstrating the ways in which technology-enhanced learning can improve educational outcomes for young people. However, current evidence suggests that the impact of educational research on practice is inconsistent and often very limited. Working alongside the EEF team, the placement holders would investigate ways to reduce the time it takes for research on educational technologies to make an impact on practice, in order to ensure that future research achieves the maximum possible impact in the quickest time.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)
The EEF is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents.
Founded in 2011 by the education charity the Sutton Trust, as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust, the EEF is funded by a £125m grant from the Department for Education. With investment and fundraising income, the EEF intends to award as much as £200m over the 15-year life of the Foundation.
The ESRC is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. They support independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector, with a total budget for 2012/13 of £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
The post-holder will work to investigate ways to ensure that existing and future evidence achieves the maximum possible impact in the shortest possible time. The work will take as its starting point the view that “passive dissemination” of research results will very rarely be sufficient to change practitioner behavior, and investigate more effective ways to improve the impact and uptake of educational technology in the classroom. For example, the post-holder and academic placement holder would examine existing evidence-based technologies which have and have not been successfully scaled up, in order to identify the key levers for achieving impact at a national level. The work will directly inform the scale up and dissemination of projects from EEF’s
Working with the EEF team and drawing on the existing work on research impact and educational technology funded by the ESRC and EEF, the post offers an exceptional opportunity to be involved in an investigation into an understudied but critically important area, which will have wider relevance for practitioners, grant-makers and policy-makers in education and other areas of social policy.
Key areas of responsibility
You will work alongside the academic post-holder and members of the EEF team to investigate:
The role of mediators and markets in determining the influence of educational research;
The extent to which educational research is currently a determinant of decisions about technology made by schools;
The key levers which determine whether or not educational technology achieves impact at a national scale;
The forms of research communication which lead to maximum impact amongst education practitioners;
The roles of parents, pupils and communities as drivers of a research informed market.
Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF;
Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive.
The successful candidate will be joining a small and focused team and be driven by an ambition to deliver real improvements in educational attainment.
The candidate will be highly articulate, imaginative and resourceful in their approach, able to work within a small team with varied skills and backgrounds, and have strong analytical skills. The candidate could come from a variety of backgrounds, including education, health or business.
To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
A strong track record of delivery and achievement;
An entrepreneurial approach and an ability to adapt to a small ambitious organisation;
Resourcefulness and high energy;
An ability to work well in a team and offer a hands-on approach.
Desirable skills and experience include:
Experience of statistics and quantitative analysis, including Microsoft Excel;
At least two years’ experience in a school or professional role;
Understanding of school management and decision making processes.