The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has funded four new projects, totalling £1.7 million, to help raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Two trials will evaluate the link between youth social action, educational attainment and wider outcomes such as self-confidence and motivation. The projects are being co-funded by the Cabinet Office. Grants awarded are:
- £560,000 to Children’s University to test the impact of social action in 80 primary schools in Lancashire and Middlesbrough. The programme would involve undertaking projects in the local community such as supporting the elderly and educational activities including visits to museums and universities.
- £676,000 to Youth United to test the impact of social action in 80 secondary schools in Lancashire and Middlesbrough.The programme would involve a mix of activities, including: learning new skills such as First Aid, undertaking projects in the local community and outdoor adventure learning.
Two further grants awarded today are:
- £306,000 the Institute of Education and University College London to evaluate a whole-school approach to improving behaviour and reducing bullying. The evaluation is being co-funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
- £158,000 to Sir Bernard Lovell School to pilot and test an evidence brokerage service for schools. The service will support head teachers and teachers to make evidence-based decisions, and will be supported by the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York.
Since its launch the EEF has awarded £37.4 million to 72 projects working with over 500,000 pupils in over 2,300 schools across England.
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