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At South Farnham School we have a history of working in the field of Research and Development and employ a researcher to support us with these programmes.  We are involved in developing practitioner based research and work with Higher Education Institutions to underpin this work.

Engagement with up-to-date research and the impact of reading and training upon practice is a vital aspect of learning to teach (and developing as a teacher throughout your career). Access to this research has never been easier with institutions such as the Chartered College signposting relevant and effective research, books, conferences, Twitter feeds and new blogs helping teachers to access, digest, debate and adapt ideas. It truly is an exciting time to be working in education.

We are delighted to be working in close proximity to the HISP Research School at Thornden. Visit our EEF section below to find out more.

Please do visit the HISP Research School website to find a variety of resources, blogs and information about their training programmes.

Sign up to the HISP Research School newsletter to receive monthly updates and follow them on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.


LATEST EEF REPORT - Effective Professional Development

EEF Effective Professional Development Guidance Report

Supporting high quality teaching is pivotal in improving children’s outcomes. Indeed, research tells us that high quality teaching can narrow the disadvantage gap. It is therefore hugely encouraging to see a host of new initiatives and reforms that recognise the importance of teacher quality such as the Early Career Framework and the new National Professional Qualifications.


Upcoming news and events from the HISP Research School

HISP Research School at Thornden aims to support teachers and school leaders with the exploration of the evidence generated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), with a strong focus on successful implementation. Over the last few months the EEF have produced several new resources.

These include:

  • A ‘Teacher feedback to improve pupil learning’ guidance report
  • A ‘Cognitive science approaches in the classroom’ report summarising the evidence for cognitive science approaches in school settings
  • An updated ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Early Years’ toolkit
  • A ‘Professional Development’ guidance report

Autumn Term Free Information Webinars

To raise the awareness of the key messages from such resources, HISP are running several free information webinars this term. Please sign up using the links below, or by visiting their website which also contains free resources and blogs: 

  • Teacher feedback to improve pupil learning’ guidance report information webinar 4-4.30pm, Thursday 4th November 2021. Registration link: 
  • Professional Development guidance report information webinar 4-4.30pm, Wednesday 17th November 2021. Registration link:
  • EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit information webinar 4-4.30pm, Tuesday 23rd November 2021. Registration link:

Keep in touch

HISP also welcome you to sign up to their monthly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest EEF support resources for schools, to read about how schools can bridge the gap between research evidence and classroom practice, and the various training opportunities being run across the region:

You can follow HISP on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.

NFER (click here) - Educational Research, the journal of the NFER, was established in 1958. Drawing upon projects in universities and research centres worldwide, it is a leading forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education. The journal is of interest to academics, researchers and those people concerned with mediating research findings to policy-makers and practitioners. Educational Research has a broad scope and contains research studies, reviews of research, discussion pieces, short reports and book reviews in all areas of the education field.

researchEd - Click here. SFET highly recommend visiting researchED, the online home for anyone interested in educational research, what it means, and how it can - or can't - make a difference in the classroom. researchED is a grass-roots, teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the educational communities, dismantling myths in education, getting the best research where it is needed most, and providing a platform for educators, academics, and all other parties to meet and discuss what does and doesn't work in the great project of raising our children. Browse their video archives of key voices in education talking about their research, their experiences of research, or their views on how we make the system better. You will also find short, introductory one-sheets on key educational topics, thinkers and controversies. Use them as springboards for further enquiry, or simply to familiarise yourself with the ideas that people are talking about. Sign up for their newsletter to make sure you know of any events in your area.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) - Click here. EEF. Their T&L Toolkit is a must - look for resources and much more here. Evidence based research. View all our campaigns 

Ensuring all schools have access to the resources, training and support they need

EEF Regional Support

EEF’s team of Regional Leads provide local support to develop Partnerships with our network of 40 Research Schools.

HISP Research School at Thornden is one of the 39 Research Schools funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to support schools to bridge the gap between research evidence and classroom practice. We do this by:

  • signposting the evidence that the EEF generates and synthesises
  • writing blogs to exemplify putting research into practice
  • holding information webinars
  • running training programmes which have implementation at their core
  • forming partnerships

Please do visit the HISP Research School website to find a variety of resources, blogs and information about their training programmes. Sign up to the newsletter to receive monthly updates, and follow them on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.

Research Schools

Research Schools

Our Research Schools aim to lead the way in the use of evidence-based practice and bring research closer to schools.

Partnership Case Studies

Partnership Case Studies

EEF is engaged in a wide variety of partnership work with Local Authorities, multi-academy trusts, teaching schools and new informal alliances of schools.


Cambridge Assessment - Click here for a wealth of information and research on assessment. Cambridge Assessment conduct and publish authoritative research in order to validate, improve and develop their own assessments and services, and to influence thinking and policy on educational assessment both nationally and internationally. Sign up for useful alerts or browse the archives

British Educational Research Association (BERA) - Click here. The blog is very useful - established to provide research informed content on key educational issues in an accessible manner, it produces and promotes short pieces that attract policy-makers, parents, teachers, educational leaders, members of school communities, politicians, and anyone who is interested in education today.