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What does the EEF do?

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent grant-making charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents.

We aim to raise the attainment of children facing disadvantage by identifying and funding promising educational innovations that address the needs of disadvantaged children in primary and secondary schools in England.

We share and promote the use of evidence in schools by providing independent and accessible information through the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and the Early Years Toolkit summarising educational research from the UK and around the world. Both Toolkits provide guidance for teachers and school leaders on how best to use their resources to improve the attainment of all pupils.

Our range of publications are an invaluable resource for school leaders and policy makers to inform decision making in schools.  

The School Improvement Cycle


Attainment Gap analysis


Identify possible solutions


Applying evidence in practice


Identifying improvements


Secure and spread change


The Families of Schools database is an interactive tool that allows schools to compare the performance of their pupils to other schools with similar characteristics. The Families facilitates collaboration between schools facing similar challenges to help them learn from one another.

Search the Families of Schools database


The Sutton Trust- EEF Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research. It contains 34 teaching approaches and interventions, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. The Early Years Toolkit summarises the evidence for early years settings. Both Toolkits are designed to inform discussions on the most effective approaches to improving pupil attainment.

View the Teaching & Learning Toolkit


Applying evidence in your own context is challenging. We provide some guidance on the application of evidence, including making decisions on interventions and preparing staff and school for change.

Read more on Implementation


The DIY evaluation guide provides a step-by-step guide to school evaluation. How to conduct a small scale randomised controlled trial and establish a matched comparison group is covered in detail. Understanding and interpreting effect sizes helps schools make sense of the impact of their intervention.

Read more about evaluation


When schools implement changes that are successful, there needs to be a continuing effort to secure and spread change. Schools can apply for EEF funding to scale up and test promising approaches elsewhere.  

Read more about mobilisation

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