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Annual Report 2012

The Research and Information on State Education Trust (known as RISE) is registered by the Charity Commission (No. 283726) and constituted by a trust deed dated 25th August 1981 and amended 7th April 1998. The Trust is administered by its Trustees and a correspondent who is not a Trustee.

Trustees: Hilary Chamberlain, Ada Fordham, Ron Glatter, David Gordon, Alan Gurbutt, Melian Mansfield, Joan Sallis, Margaret Tulloch, Liz Williams
Correspondent: Libby Goldby

The charitable objects of RISE include promoting the advancement of education in the publicly maintained sector in the UK, maintaining an educational information service, and promoting and encouraging research.

In November, Maurice Plaskow, a long serving Trustee who had chaired RISE meetings for some time, died. Two new Trustees have been appointed, Alan Gurbutt and David Gordon, both of whom bring important new skills to the board, one from his knowledge of work in the field of special educational needs, the other from on-line editing and publishing. During the year, Trustees met five times to monitor projects and plan improvements to the information service.

As mentioned in the last report, the focus of the Trust’s work shifted from seeking grants for new research to small scale one-off projects disseminating the results of research by others. A third Review was published in November with funding from the NUT, ATL and ASCL. It outlined the history of Ofsted over the last twenty years and was written by Adrian Elliott. A fourth Review, of research on the effect of school intake on outcomes, is planned for 2013. Also being planned is a seminar on School Governance, to be held in memory of Maurice Plaskow funded by donations from his friends.

The Information Centre has continued to improve, supported by several volunteers. There have been some changes: Mary Andrews continues to lead the team with the able assistance of Ian Helm. Two volunteers moved on elsewhere in the summer and a new one was appointed. A Twitter account has been set up to aid dissemination of information.

Fundraising and seeking to acquire a donor base are still major concerns.

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