Review of popular programmes in schools


The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) intends to commission a review of the programmes that are used most widely by schools to increase pupils’ attainment.

This review of current practices within schools would help inform future EEF grant making as we seek to test the impact of popular programmes so that we can provide effective guidance for schools when making decisions on which programmes to purchase.

Review Purpose

The purpose of the review is to identify programmes that are used widely in schools but have not yet been trialled by the EEF. The aim of these programmes should be predominantly on academic attainment. We recognise, however, that there are many different factors which impact on teaching and learning and are interested in programmes that schools are using that aim to improve both cognitive and non-cognitive skills, including those that extend beyond literacy and numeracy.

The EEF currently makes its funding decisions through accepting applications from schools, universities, charities and other organisations and evaluating those with the most promising evidence. There is, however, a risk that many organisations, particularly commercial ones do not apply to the EEF and therefore their programmes are never evaluated.

We would like to identify

  • Which programmes are used most widely in schools
  • What the programmes seek to improve (attainment in English? Maths?)
  • If there is a cost to schools for the programme/what it is
  • Briefly, if any evaluations of the programme have been conducted


We are open to different approaches to identifying these projects. We would expect proposals that use surveys to clearly demonstrate an ability to reach a significant number of decision makers in schools.

Appointment Process

If you would like to be considered to undertake the review, please send a brief outline describing your proposed approach by 5pm on 24th March. Please include an overview of your relevant skills and experience, and an estimated budget, which should be between £10,000 and £20,000. Proposals should be no more than 1,000 words.

We will initially shortlist proposals and then have conversations with the shortlisted candidates to further assess their expertise and to discuss their approach to the review.

We will finalise the specification with the successful team.

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Kay: