Rachel Lawrence

Teaching and Learning Manager at Researchers in Schools


What should a Research Leader in Education do?

In the academic year 2016-17 The Brilliant Club piloted the ‘Research Leader Award.’ The Award
Is designed to prepare RIS participants to lead research in their schools and involves training in leadership skills and education research methods. Each RIS participant who undertook the award designed and led their own school-based research project.

As part of the preparation for the design of the award Head Teachers and RIS participants were interviewed and asked to explain how they interpreted the term ‘research’ in the Research Leader Award. The session will explore the learning from the Research Leader Award pilot and whether a uniform definition of the term ‘research’ can be applied to school-based research.


Rachel Lawrence is the Teaching and Learning Manager at Researchers in Schools, a bespoke route into teaching for people with PhDs. Researchers in Schools (RIS) is part of The Brilliant Club, a charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds who progress to highly-selective universities. Rachel is responsible for designing and delivering the training programme for RIS participants.

Prior to this, Rachel was an Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Religious Studies and an Associate member of the Senior Leadership team at Lampton Academy in Hounslow.