Subjects and Regions

Researchers in Schools participants can teach in any of the following English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects. These are:

  • Mathematics*
  • English
  • Science (Physics*, Biology and Chemistry* specialisms)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages* (French, Spanish, German)
  • Classics*
  • Computing*

*Nationally-recognised, high-priority subjects

As the RIS programme gives pupils the opportunity to learn from teachers who are experts in their field, we require candidates to teach the subject most closely associated with their doctoral studies. If you feel there is potentially more than one subject that is suitable for you (interdisciplinary scientists or engineers, for example), please feel free to contact us via apply@researchersinschoools.org to discuss.

How many places are there for each subject?

The specific number of placements for each subject will depend on the demand expressed by our partner schools and therefore may fluctuate throughout the year. Therefore, we advise participants to apply as early as possible to stand the best chance of securing a place on the programme.

Because the RIS programme gives pupils the opportunity to learn from teachers who are experts in their field, we require you to teach the subject most closely associated with your doctoral studies. If you feel there is potentially more than one subject that is suitable for you (interdisciplinary scientists or engineers, for example), please feel free to contact us via apply@researchersinschoools.org to discuss.

Where can I teach?

Because we aim to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds who go on to study at highly-selective universities, we have a particular focus on areas where these challenges are greatest. Being placed in one of these areas means that your work can have the greatest impact possible, not only on pupils’ achievement but also on the schools and the wider community that you’ll become a part of.

Our application form gives you the opportunity to name up to three major towns or cities that best represent where you would like to work. We then aim to place you with a provider that can offer a placement in one of these areas. We encourage candidates to be as flexible as possible when filling out their regional preferences on our application form. As the demand from schools  fluctuates throughout the year as their workforces change, it is important to remember that we cannot guarantee placement in any school, though we’ll always do our utmost to find you a placement in an area that works for you.