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Research Learning Networks

A case study in using networks to increase knowledge mobilization at scale
ByChris Brown

Research Learning Networks (RLNs) were designed to enable the rollout of research-informed interventions at scale. This chapter begins by discussing how RLNs originated from the more general drive in England to increase research use in schools. It provides detail on the theoretical and conceptual thinking underpinning the RLN model. The chapter presents the case study of the Excellence Together Teaching School Alliance to show how RLNs are run and delivered in practice. The concept of Teaching Schools was announced in 2010 by England's Department for Education, and forms part of the UK government's stated policy of giving schools in England more freedom and increased responsibility for managing the education system. The chapter explains how the RLN model has helped schools transform teaching and improve student outcomes. It concludes by setting out key learning not only for RLNs but also for Professional Learning Networks more generally.