Two new EEF evaluation reports published

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has today published independent evaluations of two EEF-funded projects.

CREST Silver Award

180 secondary schools took part in a trial of the CREST Silver Award programme, involving 2,810 Year 9 pupils (ages 13-14). Delivered by the British Science Association, it promotes engagement by allowing students to investigate a research question, engaging in inquiry-led STEM learning.

The independent evaluation by NatCen found that pupils who took part in the programme made no additional progress in science attainment compared to similar pupils who were not offered the programme. Nor was there any evidence that CREST Silver Award improved self-efficacy in science or increased the proportion of students aspiring to a STEM career; however, small positive impacts were found for pupil confidence and attitudes to school.

The full evaluation report, together with the EEF’s commentary on the findings, is available here.

Completed projects

Completed projects

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Assess for Success

Five post-16 settings took part in a pilot study of Assess for Success, a programme created by Manchester College that aims to improve the assessment of learners resitting GCSE English.

The EEF funded this as part of a joint initiative with J.P. Morgan to explore how to improve outcomes for disadvantaged 16- to 18-year-old students without a good pass in English and Maths GCSE, who are required to continue studying these subjects until they are 18, or secure a qualification in them.

The independent evaluation by the Behavioural Insights Team found some evidence of promise, but recommended significant development and further piloting before the programme would be ready for a trial.

The full evaluation report, together with the EEF’s commentary on the findings, is available here.