The WELL Project

is committed to achieving and sharing sustainable excellence in Learning and Leadership in Allerdale and Copeland schools. WELL is underpinned by research and evidence informed practice within education, working closely with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and their Research School network to enhance teaching quality, pupil achievement and wellbeing, especially of disadvantaged pupils.

WELL Education Elements provide expert inputs on

  • Compelling Teacher and Support Staff professional development
  • Proven interventions
  • Evidence informed practice
  • Local capacity building
  • Pupil wellbeing, resilience and readiness to learn

WELL Objectives

  • To use evidence informed approaches to improve pupil attainment especially of disadvantaged pupils
  • To provide high quality, research led professional development and proven intervention programmes to improve the quality of teaching, especially of disadvantaged pupils, impacting on pupil attainment and progress
  • To support the development of teachers in Allerdale and Copeland as motivated, evidence informed professionals
  • To provide curriculum enrichment opportunity and capacity to improve resilience and readiness to learn, including for the most vulnerable pupils, impacting on attainment
  • To secure education, employment and training outcomes and raised aspirations including for disadvantaged pupils including high quality employer experiences in partnership with Cumbria Careers Hub
  • To achieve school culture of evidence informed practice prioritising closing of the achievement gap
  • To create an outward facing school system willing to share and learn with others locally and nationally

How is WELL possible?

As part of Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) Social Impact commitment to helping make west Cumbria a better place to live and work they have awarded £1.7 million to the WELL project in 2019 and have recently committed a further £3.9 million over the next three years.

Jamie Reed, Sellafield’s head of corporate affairs, said:

It’s an exciting, inspirational project and will help us go further towards meeting our commitment in helping to build the Northern Powerhouse.”

“The WELL project will be an important step towards improving the educational attainment and life-chances of every west Cumbrian pupil.”

WELL Partnerships

WELL works with a range of partners with a shared passion to secure and sustain a centre of excellence in WELL education in the West of Cumbria.

A Commitment to Research Led Evidence Informed Practice

WELL works closely with Education Endowment Foundation and their Research School Network Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation:

“It is extremely encouraging, particularly in these challenging times, to see projects such as WELL facilitating Cumbrian schools’ engagement with evidence-informed approaches to teaching and learning. Its central focus -on broadening access to research-based training and high-quality educational programmes to improve pupils’ academic outcomes- is one that mirrors the core mission of the EEF nationally.

The intention to fund a Research School in this region is an equally exciting prospect, one with the capacity to establish direct, local support for schools in raising the attainment of their pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The WELL Board consists of our key strategic partners including, Schools, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Teaching Schools, the Local Authority and the Department for Education Department

Department for Education

Katherine Cowell – Regional Schools Commissioner for North of England:

“A representative from the DfE is a member of the WELL Board and supports the Board in the identification of DfE national programmes targeted at disadvantaged pupils. This ensures that those schools in the Copeland and Allerdale areas are aware and take up opportunities to access support available. The work undertaken by the WELL Board facilitates the commissioning of additional targeted support for pupils in the West that complements national DfE programmes and tailors support based on local context, intelligence and data. This funding will bring additionality to the educational offer for disadvantaged pupils in Allerdale and Copeland, without duplicating support already available to those pupils through nationally funded programmes. I support the application from the LA to further develop and build upon the work and projects that have successfully been provided through the WELL programme to date.”

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Contact Us

For more information about the WELL project please contact:
Dale Hill WELL Director on
or Vicki Clarke, WELL Project Manager on