Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools is a unique teacher training and development programme exclusively for those who have completed a doctorate.

The RIS programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.  

The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are place in non-selective, secondary schools, supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university. 

Our Mission

The RIS programme is designed to ensure that trainees are well-equipped to deploy their knowledge and skills to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities in three important ways: 

  1. To increase and disseminate subject expertise
  2. To promote education research 
  3. To champion university access

      Webinars and campus events


      Over the coming months we will be hosting free online webinars to help applicants understand various aspects of the RIS programme, as well as offering support on completing the online application form. 

      The webinars will be listed on this page and via the Researchers in Schools Twitter feed, and you’ll need to register your attendance. The time and joining details for each webinar will be sent out shortly before the webinar is due to start.