Three new programmes added to list of EEF Promising Projects

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has today announced it is adding three new programmes to its list of Promising Projects, those EEF-funded projects – 19 to date – which have shown initial promise when trialled. 

This means they have demonstrated the potential to improve attainment for young people cost-effectively when independently and robustly evaluated. EEF Promising Projects have, on average, been found to boost young people's attainment by an additional +3 months; and by +4 months for disadvantaged students.

The three programmes added to the list – 1stClass@Numberonebillion, and Improving Working Memory – all helped to boost outcomes among primary pupils identified by their schools as struggling with numeracy. In total, the EEF's trials of these programmes involved 370 schools and reached more than 3,000 children in Years 1-3.

Writing for the EEF blog on their addition to the Promising Projects list, head of programmes (strategy) Emily Yeomans comments:

These new additions to our list Promising Projects share three interesting similarities: 1) all three are catch-up maths interventions for younger pupils struggling with numeracy; 2) all three are targeted and short in duration; and 3) all three are well-structured with a clear delivery model, led or overseen by teaching assistants.

As a batch of projects, therefore, they provide a useful insight into what might work well for pupils struggling with numeracy in Key Stage 1 and at the start of Key Stage 2. They also further bolster the growing evidence base supporting the use of teaching assistants to deliver high-quality, structured interventions to pupils who are falling behind.

You can read Emily's blog in full here.