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 Ltd’s head of corporate affairs:

“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.”

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.”

Strategic partners

The WELL Board consists of our key strategic partners including, Schools, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP),  Sellafield Ltd, NDA, Research School, Health, Children’s Services, The Local Authority and The 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.”