Research Hub

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Welcome to the Aspirer Research School Manchester Hub here at Wilbraham Primary School. We will be offering training and support to schools in the local area that are interested in an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning. 

Future Events

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What is a Research Hub?

The Manchester Research Hub will offer a range of training and support packages to local primary and secondary schools. We focus on evidence-informed practice based on educational research. We use the Education Endowment Foundation Guidance Reports as a starting points for classroom strategies that will work in the schools' context. For more information please email

Who will be delivering the training?

There will be a number of trainers including:

Margaret Daly- Director of Research and Evidence Lead in Education for Aspirer Research School

Steve Wheeldon - Assistant CEO of Aspire

Helen Wright, Sarah Ikin, Georgina Morrison and Emily Crumbleholme - Evidence Lead in Education for Aspirer Research School

What is the Aspirer Research School?

Aspire! to be better learners, to be better leaders and to be happy

The Aspirer Research School is based at Ash Grove Academy, an outstanding primary school on the edge of the Peak District, serving an area of high social and economic challenge.

Designated as a National Teaching School in 2014 and the founding partner of the Aspirer Teaching Alliance, Ash Grove Academy maintains a drive and determination to improve the outcomes for all learners, reflecting a culture in which “it is no longer risky to take risks or quirky to try something new”. With evidence-based practice central to the school’s transformational improvement journey, it has sustained a deep engagement with research and research evidence for many years.

Central to the ethos of Ash Grove Academy is the desire to grow with and support others. From September 2015, Ash Grove Academy became the founding school in the Aspire Educational Trust (AET), a network of seven schools, across three local authorities, each serving areas of high social and economic deprivation. The Aspirer Research School brings together AET and the Aspirer Teaching School Alliance as a resource for schools bridging education research and everyday classroom practice. More information can be found on their website here -

What is the Research Schools Network?

The Research Schools Network is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) to create a network of schools that will support the use of the evidence to improve teaching practice.
Research Schools act as regional hubs for the Research Schools Network. Through the network, they share what they know about putting research into practice, and support schools to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning so that they really make a difference in the classroom. More information can be found on their website here -

Contact Us

Wilbraham Primary School

Platt Lane,
Manchester, M14 7EB

0161 224 3900
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Please address all enquiries to our Principal Andrew Marchant
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