Scaling Up Promising Approaches

Generating evidence of what works is valuable, but not sufficient. We also need to make sure teachers and other practitioners are able to act on it. As part of our efforts to encourage evidence use, the EEF committed to identifying the most cost effective ways to scale evidence for impact.

Our current efforts to scale the use of evidence include:

  • Expanding EEF-funded projects which have demonstrated promising findings when first trialled in order to increase their reach across England. The EEF has already committed approaching £11 million to scaling up these Promising Projects, together with trials in our two campaigns promoting effective use of evidence. Collectively, these will involve over 1,750 schools;
  • Engaging in two major campaigns to promote the effective use of evidence, focusing on: (1) primary-age literacy in the North East in a major £10 million initiative co-funded with Northern Rock Foundation; and (2) better use by schools of teaching assistants in up to 1,000 schools in Yorkshire
  • Launching our Research Schools Network, in partnership with the Institute of Effective Education at the University of York, funding 10 schools which will become a focal-point for evidence-based practice in their region; 
  • Promoting excellence funds financially incentivising schools to adopt Promising Projects to create an enduring legacy of evidence-based practice – such as the EEF’s £600,000 partnership with Suffolk County Council on its ’Raising the Bar’ programme; and 
  • Continually informing policy and practice, in particular through the publication of EEF guidance reports on high priority issues sent out to all schools, providing teachers with practical and evidence-based recommendations for everyday use.

You can find out more about our regional campaign on literacy here, and on teaching assistants here.

As part of our commitment to evidence, we are evaluating the approaches to scale-up so that we can learn the best ways to scale evidence.