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School Planning Guide 2020-21

Practical, evidence-based guidance to support schools in the busy and unpredictable year ahead.

The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach to 2020-21

This guide aims to support school leaders with their planning for the unpredictable academic year to come. It proposes a tiered model that focuses upon (1) high-quality teaching, (2) targeted academic support, and (3) wider strategies. It has been developed in partnership with expert school leaders from across the country.


Many of the featured approaches supported by the best available evidence will be familiar to experienced school leaders. This guide supplements such expertise, offering handy questions and recent school case studies that can hold up a mirror to existing leadership plans.

You can read / download it here.

We've also published the following supporting resources:

EEF Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools

This guide, published in June 2020, offers an overview of relevant evidence and links to key resources, with the aim of helping teachers and senior leaders support their pupils following the Covid-19 closure of schools to most pupils.


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It is designed in particular to support and inform decisions about how to use the £650 million 'catch up' funding for schools announced by the Government for the school year 2020-21.

You can read / download it here.