The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has today published independent evaluations of three of its scale-up campaigns.
The EEF’s campaigns are designed to inform teachers and school leaders about the best available evidence on key issues and provide them with the support they need to implement it in their community. They combine:
- Practical guidance: The EEF produces guidance reports summarising the existing evidence on high-priority issues and provides practical ways for schools and others to act on it.
- Local advocacy: The EEF recruits and works with advocate partners – local organisations with the expertise, trust and reputation to engage and work with schools – to provide hands-on support and training to schools that will ‘bring to life’ the EEF’s evidence.
- Direct support for evidence-based programmes: The EEF directs trials of high-potential projects and re-grants to its ‘Promising Projects’ to work with schools in areas facing particular challenges so that they can benefit from access to evidence-based interventions.
The evaluation reports published today are:
- A formative evaluation of the North East literacy campaign, a five-year campaign to boost literacy pupils in the North East of England, with a particular focus on those eligible for free school meals.
- Three evaluation reports on the Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants regional campaigns, a programme of dissemination activities that included working with regional partners to engage a large number of schools to act on the evidence around teaching assistants. The campaigns took place in South & West Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire.
- An evaluation of the Suffolk Challenge Fund, where schools were able to bid for money from the fund to use for projects that have been evaluated by the EEF and have shown promise in raising educational attainment elsewhere in the country.