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The Institute for Research in Schools

22 Jun 2018 | Posted In School News

We are pleased to announce that we are now a partner school with the Institute for Research in Schools. The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) was registered with the Charity Commission 2nd December 2015, with the Official Launch 3rd March 2016 at the Science Museum, London.

IRIS Vision

Where research is a key element of learning STEM such that both the teacher and student are contributing valued members of the Scientific Community

IRIS Approach


IRIS makes cutting edge research projects open to school students and their teachers so that they can experience the excitement and challenge of science. They do this by making data accessible to schools, providing teacher training and resources, and by lending out scientific research equipment. For example, they recently launched the Genome Decoders project with the Wellcome Genome Campus, where students annotate a human whipworm genome.

A change is coming
The vision, shared by St John Fisher Catholic High School: a transformation of the student and teacher experience of science. Being involved in real science inspires young people and is the best professional development for teachers.

Thanks to ever more powerful technology, today’s school students can access top level scientific data, collaborate with scientists around the globe, process information at lightning speed and develop innovative experimental ideas. They can put an experiment in space and contribute to scientific discovery. IRIS helps students and their teachers do this.

From work to-date, it is found that when sixth form students take part in research, greater numbers go on to study science at university and take up careers in science and engineering.

We will keep you updated as to research projects and opportunities as they arise.

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