Regional Implementation Lead

Who we are

The Education Endowment Foundation and is a charity committed to tackling educational disadvantage. Working with our partner, Bristol City Council, we are committed to breaking the link between family income and educational outcomes in the City.


We know this is a difficult time for schools and teachers. It has been a tough year of partial closures, grappling with providing remote provision and face-to-face teaching, and there are likely more challenges ahead. If you are interested in supporting schools across England as they rise to this challenge, using evidence to inform their teaching and support for pupils – especially the most disadvantaged- these roles could be for you…

One of the characteristics of effective schools, in addition to what approaches they adopt, is how they implement those approaches to bring about sustained changes in practice. In response, EEF is working in partnership with Bristol City Council to support evidence-informed school improvement across the city.

Approximately 80 schools have signed up to participate in a training programme on Developing Effective Leadership and Deployment of Teaching Assistants (DELTA), led by West Somerset Research School. To support changes in practices, additional support for implementation processes is being woven into the project (see figure below).

The aim is to build a lasting infrastructure for evidence-informed school improvement.

Regional Implementation Lead Role

The additional support for evidence-informed implementation will be provided by a new role, Regional Implementation Leads (RILs). RILs will be education professionals with relevant experience of supporting evidence use and implementation in schools. They will help school leaders and implementation teams make, and act on, evidence-informed decisions as part of the DELTA project. This will include:

  • Helping school leaders establish a thriving implementation climate, where implementation is treated as an ongoing process
  • Helping school leaders provide a clear vision, plan and support for effective Teaching Assistant (TA) deployment in their school
  • Supporting collaboration and sharing of best practice between schools, based on a shared approach to evidence-informed school improvement
  • Providing ‘wraparound’ implementation support to schools serving the highest numbers of disadvantaged pupils
  • Supporting schools on key implementation activities e.g. writing implementation plans
  • Championing the DELTA project as an evidence-informed response to tackling disadvantage
  • Liaising with Research Schools and EEF staff to ensure there is complementarity and consistency in provision

EEF resources will provide the evidence thread that runs through their work:

  • Evidence-based processes e.g. A School’s Guide to Implementation
  • Evidence-based practices e.g. Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • Evidence-based programmes e.g. Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI)

We are recruiting a team of 10-12 RILs who share the aims of the project. The team will combine complementary expertise in evidence-informed implementation, TA deployment, leadership coaching and the Bristol school context. It will comprise of school leaders based in Bristol and the surrounding area, as well as education professionals with experience of supporting school improvement.

This exciting opportunity to lead the regional implementation on a consultancy basis, developed by the EEF and a number of contributing organisations, to support schools in your region as well as develop your practical knowledge and experience of effective implementation on the ground.

More information on the opportunity, download our ‘What will be expected, provided and gained’ which includes including details of project, time commitments and renumeration.

About You

To join us as the Regional Implementation Lead on a consultancy basis, you must:

  • Have a personal and professional commitment to closing the attainment gap for disadvantaged students
  • Understand the factors within the region that contribute to underachievement of key groups such as Pupil Premium and pupils with SEND
  • Have experience in supporting school improvement within and/or across schools
  • Be committed to helping schools make, and act on, evidence-informed decisions
  • Be able to develop and apply theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of effective implementation and TA deployment
  • Have experience of forming productive relationships and acting as a ‘critical friend’ with school leadership teams
  • Meet the practical expectations for the project as set out in the ‘Expected, Provided, Gained’ document (e.g. time commitments)
  • Secure the support of your school’s Governing body/Trust (if applicable)
  • Provide EEF with feedback on the role and participate in external evaluation led by Sheffield Hallam University

Experience of the following would be beneficial: supporting & exemplifying evidence-informed practices and processes, coaching & facilitating adult learning and creating a culture of evidence-informed improvements.

How to apply

If you’re seeking a challenge with the potential to create a positive impact as a Regional Implementation Lead, download the application form and submit your application via

As part of the application, you will be invited to complete an Equal Opportunities section. Completing this aspect of the application is not mandatory and will not affect or be linked to your application.

The closing date for this role is 12:00 BST, 6 April 2021, with interviews taking place from the week commencing 19 April 2021.

Once a selection has been made we will be asking for references to finalise the application process.

Thank you for your interest in working at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). 

If you have any queries, please contact us at

  1. Updated: 29th March, 2021

    Application Form - Regional Implementation Lead

  2. Updated: 1st March, 2021

    Regional Implementation Lead Role - What is expected, provided and gained?