The Institute for Research in Schools was registered with the Charity Commission 2nd December 2015, with the Official Launch 3rd March 2016 at the Science Museum, London. The idea at the core of the Institute’s work, that authentic scientific research could be successfully undertaken by school students, came about because of pioneering work undertaken at a single school in Kent, the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys by the IRIS Director, Professor Becky Parker, who was at that time the Head of Physics at the school and the IRIS Chair, Professor Steven Rose, who was the Head of Plasma Physics at Imperial College in London. They started a number of successful university-level physics research projects at the school in the mid to late 2000s. This broadened quickly to cover other subjects and the positive effects that undertaking these projects had on the school students was so apparent that Becky and Steve, together with the School Headteacher Dr Matthew Baxter (one of the original IRIS trustees), made attempts to encourage other schools to undertake the approach. It was with the support provided by Humphrey Battcock (an IRIS trustee) that IRIS could be formed and authentic research in schools is now being undertaken across the country.
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