The EEF is partnering with organisations who can lead the advocacy component of the campaign, and ‘bring the evidence to life’ in schools through a range of engagement activities. They will provide support and training to schools to help them implement the core elements of the Guidance Reports, while adapting them appropriately to meet the specific needs of the schools they are working with.

It will be up to the advocate partners to define the precise nature of the support on offer to schools. The advocates engaged in the EEF’s Teaching Assistants campaign delivered workshops, training sessions, coaching and school-to-school support, but the EEF is open to other suggestions about how best to support schools to implement the guidance.

The EEF currently has five advocate partners working with schools:

  • Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority
  • Northumberland Local Authority
  • Transforming Tees
  • Durham Education Development Service
  • FFT Literacy

How to apply

We are looking for more advocate partners to work with schools.

Advocate partners will be expected to work with a minimum of 30 schools in the North East for an initial two-year period. Advocate partners may be local authorities, teaching schools, universities, education charities, or other organisations working closely with primary schools in the North East. We are also open to expressions of interest from collaborations between organisations. The approximate value of the contract will be around £900 per school, depending on the nature of the provision proposed.

Organisations interested in becoming advocate partners should contact Thomas Martell ( to express their interest.