Welcome to Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools is a unique teacher training and development programme designed for PhD researchers

Next deadline: 8th January - Click to apply

About Researchers in Schools

The RIS Programme offers a bespoke route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

The programme runs over an initial two years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university. Read our latest case study here or our annual report here

Our Mission

The RIS Programme is designed to ensure that trainees are well equipped to deploy their knowledge and skills to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities in three important ways:

To champion university access

To increase subject expertise

To promote research

“Researchers in Schools is uniquely placed to address some of the most pressing issues in British schools."
Nick Gibb MP
Minister of State for Schools

Nick Gibb MP

"I love being a teacher because it allows me to inspire young adults and pass on my passion for science to them. As a Researcher in Schools participant I am able to keep my own research ongoing, keeping myself updated and nurturing my own passion for the subject.”
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Science teacher at Challney School for Boys, Luton

Dr Riccardo Porcari

“This afternoon I got an email saying that I have been accepted into the LSE programme! I am so excited and wanted to say a huge thank you as I know that I couldn’t have done it without your endless support and help.”
Year 13 pupil
“I chose the Researchers in Schools route as it offers me an opportunity to continue my research whilst training as a teacher, but more importantly it was a salaried programme allowing me to gain direct classroom experience.”
Dr Emile Doran

2015 Cohort​


“I saw this as an opportunity to get science teachers with excellent subject knowledge and experience of the ‘outside world’. It is really useful to have this vast knowledge of university standard learning that they bring to our students, and to our teachers. I would highly recommend any school taking on Researchers in Schools participants.” 
Pauline Astle

Head of Science, The Streetly Academy

“Researchers in Schools Participants] have all brought invaluable high level understanding of their subject disciplines that they have been sharing with pupils both in lessons, extra-curricular activities, and with colleagues. Schools are fortunate indeed to have such valuable sources of inspiration for pupils' higher levels of learning, and aspirations for higher education.”
Brian Wakeman

Chiltern Training Group