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

Advocate partners will be expected to work with a minimum of 30 schools in the North East for an initial two-year period. The approximate value of the contract will be around £900 per school, depending on the nature of the provision proposed. We are especially interested in how support can be targeted at schools in the greatest need.

The application process will be in three stages: an initial expression of interest, outline proposals and finally interviews. The aim is to complete the application process by the end of the Autumn term and for advocates to begin work with schools in the Summer or Autumn terms of 2017.

If you would like to submit an expression of interest please send it to Thomas Martell ( by Friday 25th November. An expression of interest should be one side of A4 and include the following:

  • Your links with schools in the NE
  • Your experience of supporting schools to improve pupil outcomes
  • Your capacity to lead, manage and deliver change across a number of schools

Please feel free to get in touch with Tom if you have any questions.