Education Endowment Foundation:ITT: Teacher recruitment

ITT: Teacher recruitment

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is commissioning an evaluation of the relative attractiveness of different teacher recruitment strategies adopted by schools in England.

The focus of the current ITT is on understanding the drivers of successful recruitment.

We are interested in how different strategies and/​or incentives featured in job advertisements attract potential candidates. This includes exploring the impact of various strategies/​incentives on the likelihood of teachers to apply to the advertised roles, such as:

  • Flexible working arrangements, such as personal days or the opportunity to complete planning, preparation and assessment work offsite.
  • Work-life balance, such as workload reduction initiatives.
  • Working environment, such as school facilities or factors related to the school ethos or school community.
  • Career development, such as professional development or promotion opportunities.
  • Staff welfare, such as staff wellbeing programmes or services or celebrations/​recognition of staff achievements.
  • Financial incentives, such as healthcare or childcare benefits.
  • Other benefits.

    A separate invitation to tender (ITT – see our Tenders page) solicits evaluations of practices and approaches intended to improve teacher retention.

Who should apply?

We encourage applications from research teams with experience of conducting impact and mixed-methods evaluations in education, particularly with a focus on the teacher workforce.

We are interested in proposals from single research teams and/​or consortia with complementary expertise and where the consortium can demonstrate that they will work well together to ensure the quality and efficiency of the project. This call for proposals is open; researchers do not need to be part of EEF’s panel of evaluators.

We accept applications from legally constituted organisations and not from individuals. The organisation does not have to be based in England, but if not based there, we would expect you to demonstrate the partnerships and knowledge required to work with English schools.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their EOIs by completing our application form by 5pm on Wednesday, 31st January 2024. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Guillermo Romero (guillermo.​romero@​eefoundation.​org.​uk).

If you wish to submit an EOI that addresses a research question that is not one of our priority questions (but still fits the overall theme of the round), we encourage you to contact us to discuss your idea before submitting.