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KYRA Evidence Hub

KYRA Research School

At KYRA Research School, we bridge the gap between research and classroom practice, partner with schools to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils through evidence-informed implementation, robust evaluation, quality CPD and follow-on support.

We are delighted to have received sponsorship funding, via the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to establish an Evidence Hub to collaborate with schools in North and North East Lincolnshire.

KYRA Research School, part of the EEF’s Research School Network, works in partnership across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Our core activities are focussed on facilitating evidence-based professional development, developing partnerships, and sharing the evidence of what has worked.

The Evidence Hub aims to support the use of evidence-informed school improvement and develop sustained capacity within the region. We are working in partnership with DRET Teaching School Hub and the EEF and are keen to maintain and build links with schools, colleges, MATs, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire Councils.

The Evidence Hub, based at Havelock Academy, will be the home for NNEL Evidence Leads in Education. Hard copies of the EEF’s guidance reports will also be available by emailing teachingschoolhub@dret.co.uk.

The Evidence Hub will also connect with our Associate Research School as we work together to build capacity and support schools in:

North Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire
Leicester City


Evidence Leads in Education

Since 2017 we have designated 55 Evidence Leads in Education (ELEs) who are practitioners from all phases. ELEs support the work of KYRA Research School, the Associate Research School, and the Evidence Hub across the region. They facilitate the Research School Network’s suite of professional development, lead evidence briefings, and are deployed to other requests for support as they arise.

Currently, there are eight designated ELEs for North and North East Lincolnshire. As the need arises, we will recruit more ELEs to support our projects in the region.



Martha Mullen

Early Years Primary

Scott Berry


Jade Hickin


David Goodwin


Matt Cooper


Leigh Hirst


Gary Thomas


Rickeana McCurdy



What is an Evidence Lead in Education?

ELEs are outstanding primary or secondary teachers, who are middle and senior leaders with the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership of evidence-informed school improvement looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context.



-          uses coaching and mentoring skills to encourage others

-          facilitates an inclusive, productive environment when working with groups of people


-          works with other evidence-informed educators across the region


-          can see the big picture, convinces others of the need to base practice on evidence

-          understands change management and problem-solving techniques

Respects context

-          reaches shared understanding of local challenges, through excellent listening skills

-          respects and values local expertise: in terms of context, professional judgement

-          understands that the research evidence provides ‘best bets’ rather than ‘certain solutions’

MOBILISING RESEARCH EVIDENCE                               



-          is a guardian of the evidence base, challenging misinterpretation of it


Research literate

-          has good understanding of forms of evidence, their relative merits and their applicability in school decision making

-          maintains own knowledge of the evidence base in their field of expertise



-          makes the evidence accessible to practitioners

-          synthesises evidence for a variety of audiences e.g., training, presentations



-          able to exemplify what recommendations arising from research evidence look like in practice

-          draws on a network of colleagues in order to exemplify beyond own area of expertise





-          has good understanding of the evidence base on Implementation in schools

-    supports others in preparing to implement change



-          has good understanding of types of evaluation

-          -    leads evaluation of plans / projects, or support others with this



-          can analyse various data in order to identify genuine priorities for improvement



-          identifies interesting projects, support bid writing

-          signposts others to promising approaches highlighted by Research

-          can design original research projects (or willing to learn)



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 Deep Dives

Metacognition and writing:

Who is for: Class Teachers and Senior Leaders with a focus on Key Stages 1 to 3.


This deep dive will explore the evidence related to how a meta-cognitive approach to writing can improve outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged children. There is a significant body of evidence that suggests this approach can have a significant positive impact on outcomes when implemented successfully. We will also explore the recent EEF guidance reports for KS1 and KS2, looking at both the evidence base and how this relates to practice.


The evidence will explore self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) and how this enables children to plan, draft and edit their work as well as take greater ownership of the writing process. It will explore cognitive and sociocultural models of writing and we will share a number of tools to use in the classroom.



Who is for: Class Teachers and Senior Leaders in any phase.


This deep dive looks at the evidence related to effective feedback and we will explore the recent EEF guidance report, looking at both the evidence base and how this relates to practice. We will share examples of policies and rich reservoir of resources and tools to support implementation and classroom practice.



Who is for: Class Teachers and Senior Leaders with a focus on EYFS and Key Stages 1 to 3.


Kyra Research School has developed training in vocabulary which has been used across the national research school network. This deep dive will explore the evidence base and present a model for effective explicit (and implicit) practice. We will also explore the recent EEF Literacy guidance reports looking at both the evidence base and how this relates to practice and share a number of tools and resources to support implementation and practice. 


Deep Dive: A Metacognitive Approach to Writing in Key Stage 1 and 2 

3rd September and 7th October 13:00-15:15pm

Deep Dive: Teacher Feedback to Improve Pupil Learning

14th October and 4th November 13:00-15:15pm

Deep Dive: The Explicit Teaching of Vocabulary: EYFS to Key Stage 2

8th November and 2nd  December 13:00-15:15pm



Cost £145 per Deep Dive