Supporting schools to close the disadvantage gap

Schools listen to other schools. Teachers listen to other teachers. All work within an education system influenced by local partnerships and national policies.

This has been the EEF’s starting point for working out how we can get the best-available evidence on ‘what works’ in teaching and learning into the hands of teachers and practitioners—and how it can be successfully applied by them.

Evidence is a start...

The appetite to understand how education evidence can improve learning and close the disadvantage gap is growing.

We have helped to foster this by making the best available research freely available in plain language summaries for busy, time-poor teachers and senior leaders.

For example, our Teaching and Learning Toolkit has been transformational in communicating key messages — 70% of secondary schools use it to inform their decision making.

… but evidence is more effective with practical support

However, we know that simply communicating evidence effectively, while valuable, isn’t enough.

Many schools ask for training and resources to support them implement our recommendations effectively. This can be particularly the case for those serving disadvantaged communities and facing multiple challenges.

This is work that is core to the EEF’s mission.

What your donations can support...

  • Direct support for the schools that need it most

The EEF is supporting the development and delivery of partnerships to ensure the best evidence reaches schools across the country. We prioritise those schools serving the most disadvantaged communities.

  • Training and professional development—by teachers, for teachers

The EEF funds a national Research Schools Network to devise and deliver training and CPD based on EEF evidence and quality-assured by us. In the past year – and despite the disruption of Covid-19 school closures – this network has engaged nearly 2,500 schools in its events, over 10 per cent of all schools.

  • Scaling up evidence-based programmes

When we identify a programme that improves learning we aim to expand its reach—and ensure it is available in disadvantaged areas. This might be by supporting the programme developer to scale up or by subsidising its cost to schools to incentivise take-up.

  • Making the best educational research freely available

The EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit—together with our Guidance Reports on high-priority topics underpinned by systematic reviews—have given teachers unparalleled access to high-quality research in a way that respects both their time and professional expertise. We aim to maintain and improve these resources.