“The EEF has revolutionised education research within and beyond England” - Children’s Minister
At a conference organised by the EEF to support local authorities wanting to use evidence to harness school improvement, the Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP, commented:
It is a great privilege to support an organisation which, since 2011, has revolutionised education research within and beyond England – driving improvements in the academic progress and attainment of this country’s most disadvantaged pupils.
The EEF convened the event, hosted by the Local Government Association, as part of its pioneering new approach to ensure that schools in all England's regions have access to the resources, training and support they need to improve teaching practice.
Representatives from 30 local authorities heard from colleagues in Lincolnshire and Tameside already working in partnership with the EEF, as well as hearing first-hand from Research Schools in Doncaster and York which are supporting near-by schools.
The Minister urged all those attending to think how they could work with the EEF to boost school improvement in their areas:
I am very supportive of the pivotal role that local authorities play in school improvement, and I very much hope that you will leave today feeling confident and empowered to support the schools you work with to embrace the evidence of what works, to signpost them towards key resources, and broker their collaboration with local networks of schools all working towards similar aims. I am in no doubt that some schools will find this a challenge – but engaging actively with research has been made much more approachable and accessible by the work of the EEF. So I encourage all of you to participate actively in today’s event and consider what you can do personally to help embed the EEF’s evidence in the important support that you and your colleagues provide to schools in your local areas.