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External Research

The Edge Foundation leads the way in supporting and commissioning research to show the value of technical and professional education, showcase best practice and understand lessons learned. We often work with partner organisations when tendering for research to ensure that the findings are as relevant as possible to colleagues across the sector.

This page provides details of any research tenders where we are currently looking for organisations or individuals to come forward to undertake pieces of work. If you have any questions about our research programme, you can contact our Research and Policy Manager, Andrea Laczik.

Current Research

Edge Future Learning Evaluation

The Edge Foundation has commissioned the International Centre for Guidance Studies University of Derby to conduct an independent evaluation of the Edge Future Learning UK Pilot. The pilot is based on the model of Academies of Nashville (USA) and will be implemented in three schools from September 2018 in the North East of England. The evaluation will capture the development phase pre-September 2018 and will gather evidence for what works and what does not work during the pilot year. The evaluation is ongoing and will be completed by Autumn 2019.

Evaluation of Career Colleges

The Edge Foundation in partnership with Commercial Education Trust has commissioned the Institute of Education, UCL to conduct an independent, holistic and thorough evaluation of the Career Colleges in England. Career Colleges aim to increase the range and choice of vocational education opportunities for 14-19 year olds. The concept of Career Colleges was launched in October 2013. The concept is designed to be a flexible and alternative education for young people, through employer-designed education, with pathways into work. The evaluation is on-going and will be completed by Summer 2019.

Evaluation of the University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

The Edge Foundation jointly commissioned with the Royal Academy of Engineering a piece of research that evaluated the University Technical College (UTC) model. The aim of this piece of research was to understand effective practice and lessons learned, particularly in relation to curriculum design and employer engagement. NFER was commissioned to conduct this piece of research. The project started in 2016, you can read the interim report here, and the final report here.

Research into the CREATE Framework in Studio Schools

In partnership with the Studio Schools Network we commissioned the University of Oxford to complete a piece of research into the CREATE Framework in Studio Schools. CREATE is a tool to develop young people’s skills. The research investigated the perceptions and use of CREATE by different stakeholders and identified examples of good practices and lessons learnt for other Studio Schools and beyond. The research is complete and can be downloaded from this page.