Schools Registered with IRIS

Want to know how to write an EPQ, present your research or just fill out a Project Initiation Document? Please see our “How to” section.

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We are pleased to announce that with the generous support of the UK Space Agency we will be launching a new project at the start of the New Year – the MELT Challenge. MELT will provide opportunities for school students and their teachers to understand and analyse Polar Earth Observation and monitoring data. With this evidence and academic support and the direct experience of Robert Swan on his South Pole Energy Challenge, they can actively calculate and reduce their carbon footprint in schools, and innovate to provide and share new carbon reduction approaches and technologies.

If you are interested, please email with MELT in the subject line.

“I'm delighted to be working with IRIS on the MELT project. Students looking at Earth observation of the poles will be directly observing our South Pole Energy Challenge and seeing what a crucial role they have in understanding and taking care of their environment.“
Robert Swan, Polar Explorer.

The Judd School created history by being the first UK state school to enter the prestigious iGEM competition in the USA.

Judd were successful in producing the first state school team to enter the international competition, iGEM (which stand for the International Genetically Engineered Machine). Ten members of the team travelled to Boston on the 9th November and presented their project, IonIron. They competed against over forty high school teams from around the world and were judged by the same criteria as the hundreds of undergraduate and overgraduate teams to attain a medal. After a fantastic weekend at the Giant Jamboree, they came away with a Silver Medal and awards for “best mathematical model” and “best education and public engagement”. They were also nominated for “best wiki”.
Congratulations to all the students on this amazing achievement.

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It is that time of year again when students are completing their school education before moving on to work or university, if you have worked on an IRIS project and want to keep in touch please join our alumni here arrow .

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Amazing Atmospheres has now gone live and we are receiving data from our Carbon Monoxide sensors in schools around the UK, as well as the large multi gas sensor installed at the Eden Project down in Cornwall. To join in the project either register your school via the “Join in” page arrow or if you have already signed your collaboration agreement email us at Please click here arrow for more information on Amazing Atmospheres.

IRIS students have been writing up the research projects as an EPQ. Have a look here arrow at just a few examples of the amazing work being undertaken.

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“After leaving research to become a teacher I sometimes hanker after those moments of discovery at the cutting edge, but Authentic Biology allows me to rediscover these moments alongside young people. After a few years out of research you could feel de skilled and missing out on the latest progress but being involved in Authentic Biology, discussing our research with scientists in the field allows me to keep abreast of current thinking which makes me a better teacher.“

Nick Harris, Tapton School

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We are a charitable trust supporting school students and teachers to develop authentic research in schools. On our project pages you can discover a range of national research projects to participate in. We also can help you to devise and establish your own projects. Please join in arrow with us and we look forward to working with you.

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