At the EEF, we believe the best way to break the link between family income and educational attainment is through better use of evidence: looking at what has – and has not – worked in the past can put us in a much better place to judge what is likely to work in the future.
But it can be difficult to know where to start. There are thousands of studies of primary literacy teaching out there, most of which are presented in academic papers and journals. Teachers are inundated with information about programmes and training courses, all of which make claims about impact. How can anyone know which findings are the most robust, reliable and relevant to their school and pupils?
This is why we are producing guidance reports as the foundation of the campaign. They offer practical evidence-based recommendations – which are relevant to all pupils and particularly to those struggling with their literacy. To develop the recommendations, we review the best available international research and consult experts to arrive at key principles for effective literacy teaching.