7 highlights of 2016

The EEF recently published our latest annual report, covering the year from September 2015 to August 2016.

You can read it online here (or, alternatively, print a downloadable version).

Here are seven highlights it includes:

1.Our major evidence report on written marking revealing how little research underpins the heavy workloads expected of teachers. It was cited by Ofsted in its latest message to inspectors, urging them not to report on marking practice until better evidence on its impact is available.

2.Our Teaching and Learning Toolkit, summarising high-quality evidence from around the world, is used by 60% of secondary and 45% of primary schools, according to the latest survey (up from 11% in 2012).

3.Our commitment this year of a further £18 million to test the impact of 26 high-potential projects involving almost 3,000 schools, nurseries and colleges and more than 125,000 children and young people aged 3 to 18. This has been made possible thanks to partnerships with the Bell Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, Money Advice Service and the Department for Education.

4.The announcement of our first Post-16 funding round, thanks to our major new partnership with J.P. Morgan.

5.Click-through summaries of the 14 independent evaluation reports of EEF-funded projects published in the last year. The EEF is funding more randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in education than any other organisation globally. Indeed, in just five years, the EEF has commissioned more than 10% of all known trials in education around the world.

6.News of our re-grants to 11 EEF-funded projects which have delivered promising findings when first trialled in schools.

7.Our increased commitment to identifying the most cost-effective ways to scale evidence for impact, including our new £10 million campaign to improve literacy for primary-age children in the North East (co-funded with Northern Rock Foundation), and our new Research Schools Network, launched in partnership with the Institute of Effective Education.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about our latest work. If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch.

In the meantime, may we wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.