Education Endowment Foundation:Teacher Choices Round: Researching Teacher Choices on Early Language, KS1 Mathematics, and Cognitive Science

Teacher Choices Round: Researching Teacher Choices on Early Language, KS1 Mathematics, and Cognitive Science

Call for expressions of interest to investigate everyday choices that teachers make

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has opened a new Teacher Choices’ funding round, inviting research teams to submit expressions of interest to investigate questions in one of three priority areas.

Teacher Choices’ is a new strand of EEF projects, which explores some of the most common questions teachers ask about their practice, testing everyday choices teachers make when planning their lessons and support for their students. The choices to be explored in this round and in the future are intended to be of high interest to schools, a real choice that can be made by classroom teachers, and easy to implement without lots of training and resources.

This funding round will commission Teacher Choices’ evaluations in three current EEF priority areas, identified using existing EEF evidence reviews as having gaps in the evidence base and with potential to benefit disadvantaged pupils. These are: Early Language, Key Stage One Mathematics, and Cognitive Science.

The EEF has shortlisted a set of research questions within each of these three topic areas and will appoint one research team per topic area to investigate the different research questions.

Examples of questions the EEF is looking to investigate in this round include:

  • Is retrieval practice or a teacher-led input more effective for a short 1:1 or small group intervention?’
  • Which approach to monitoring/​planning guided play is most effective?’
  • Is pre-teaching to pupils who might need additional support more effective than intervening after the lesson?’

Expressions of interest are encouraged from single research teams and consortia with complementary expertise. We accept applications from legally constituted organisations and not from individuals. Interested research teams also do not need to be existing members of our evaluation panel.

For additional details, you can find the invitation to tender here.

Expressions of interest should be submitted by filling out the following application form by 17:00 on 21 June 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Faizaan.​sami@​eefoundation.​org.​uk.