Education Endowment Foundation:Sustain


Sustaining and scaling an intervention.

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SUSTAIN: Plan for sustaining and scaling an intervention from the outset and continuously acknowledge and nurture its use

Sustain - Jonathan Sharples

Once a new programme or practice is integrated into the normal routines of a school it is tempting to assume that little or no further effort is required to maintain that success. Be aware – schools are rarely static! A change in staff could fundamentally change how an intervention is perceived, or there can be a drift in the way an approach is implemented, away from the core practices that led to initial successes. As such, sustaining implementation requires ongoing support to acknowledge, reward and refine good implementation practices.

Sustain - Bedlington Academy

Even though most staff at Bedlington Academy have become comfortable with using retrieval practice they still think about how they could refine its use. Monitoring data suggested that that in some cases too much time was being spent on retrieval practice, so an effort was made to streamline delivery. The school also has a wider priority on improving vocabulary, and efforts have been made to integrate retrieval practice with this work – see here for an implementation plan for this project.