Derby Research School - ELE Recruitment 2021/2022
11th October – 26th November 2021

Derby Research School is delighted to announce that we are looking to increase our talented workforce and wish to recruit to add to our current cohort of Evidence Leads in Education (ELE) across the East Midlands. The ELEs will contribute to evidence informed school improvement and will be designated by Derby Research School.

As part of the Derby Research School team we:

Inspire engagement, by making visible ​‘what works’ and make it accessible to all practitioners
Grow capacity, through encouraging leaders and teachers at all levels to be responsible for evidence-based practice in their classroom, with support from our core practitioner team
Identify local champions, who will model and innovate in their schools and their clusters
Build partnerships, harnessing our existing networks and developing new ones across the East Midlands region
Plan for sustainability, we will create an effective team approach, where ownership and participation levels are high and sustainability is inherent
Be ambitious for children, we will develop and deliver our vision of transforming the lives of the children we serve

What is an Evidence Lead in Education (ELE)?

Evidence Leads in Education are a Research School designation and as such receive training and updates from the Research School Network and Education Endowment Foundation and in turn be deployed to support schools through training and coaching.

Their purpose is to: – support individual and groups of schools through the provision of expertise- around implementation, evidence- and practitioner and local knowledge- bring, and demonstrably show, a diversity of experiences which add credibility and depth when communicating about evidence.


What is the role of an ELE?

ELEs can provide support for schools beyond their own. Typically, this is based around a general understanding of evidence and evidence-informed school improvement, with specific areas of deep specialist knowledge. They do this through:- Communicating with schools about evidence in a particular area, to an audience from teachers, middle leaders to senior leaders.- Delivering specific training (around subject or topic)- Providing follow-on support to enable schools to structure and plan change in particular areas

Attributes of a successful ELE?

The list of ELE attributes below is ambitious because we want to recruit and deploy ELEs with a range of experiences and contexts; we recognise that not every ELE will be at the same starting point so the ELE induction programme has been designed to support and develop ELEs in their first couple of years in the role. The induction will be delivered online. There will be opportunities to work alongside more experienced ELEs as well as core Research School staff.
Are you already demonstrating attributes of an ELE?


Key Dates

Application Window Opens: 11th October 2021
Live Q&A for Applicants and School Leaders: 3rd November
Application Window Closes: 26th November - Noon
Applicants Notified of Outcome: 29th November
Interview Week: 6th December – 10th December
Interview Outcome: Monday 13th December

Successful applicants will enter into the January/February ELE training cycle.
Key Dates

ELE Training Session 1: 10th January 1.00pm – 3.00pm
ELE Training Session 2: 24th January 1.00pm – 3.00pm
ELE Training Session 3: 7th February 1.00pm – 3.00pm
ELE Training Session 4: 28th February 1.00pm – 3.00pm


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are looking forward to working with our partner schools in supporting schools across our region.

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