In early 2017 EIS Council approved an Education Committee decision to set up a funding stream that will support practitioner action research amongst EIS members.

To incentivise research by EIS members, individual grants will be £500, with an agreement for the EIS to have the right to publish, disseminate and archive the research.

The purpose of the EIS action research grants is to facilitate both learning and action, and in doing so, offer teaching professionals the opportunity for personal and professional development.

What is action research?

Educational establishment-based action research is a simple set of techniques used to help improve teaching and learning. It is usually undertaken by the teacher or educator in their own classroom / setting. Action research involves:

  • Identifying an issue (related to learning in your classroom/setting)
  • Reviewing any relevant literature around the issue
  • Planning a simple research strategy
  • Gathering and analysing data
  • Taking action based on your findings
  • Sharing your findings

Who can apply?

All EIS members are eligible to apply. The initiative is intended to support practitioner research that would otherwise be unlikely to be undertaken. Research being undertaken as part of a Masters or PhD study will not be ruled out however.

What can I research?

The aim of the initiative is to support research into aspects of pedagogy and the dynamics of teaching and learning, with a view to findings supporting continuing professional development and enhanced practice. Other potential research dimensions could be to inform EIS policy development, or to support the efficacy of teacher trade unions / professional associations.

In 2018-19, the EIS is inviting applications to support research relating to one or more of the following themes:

  • Closing the attainment gap
  • Professional collaboration
  • Additional support for learning
  • Equality (protected characteristics)
  • Health and wellbeing of teachers/lecturers/pupils
  • Early years education
  • Impact of professional learning
  • Home-school relationships

How and when do I apply?

The application process for 2018-19 is now complete. The initiative will re-open for applications for research to be undertaken in 2019-20, in early 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Lesley Walker.

To download the guidance notes please click here.

To download the application form please click here.