The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

£50,000 | Funding from 2014 to 2018

EEF aims to raise the attainment of 3-18 year-olds facing disadvantage. This is achieved by generating evidence of what works both effectively and cost-effectively, funding rigorous trials of promising but untested programmes. EEF then supports schools, nurseries and colleges to put that evidence to good use, in four ways:

  • Supporting teachers to use high-quality research to inform practice and boost student attainment: The Families of Schools database, the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, evidence reports, and a DIY Evaluation Guide are designed to help teachers identify attainment gaps and potential ways to tackle them;
  • Making grants to test the impact of innovative projects and generate new evidence of ‘what works’: EFF’s grant-funding aims to support innovative projects with promising evidence to see if there’s a measurable impact on the attainment or life-skills of young people;
  • Publishing independent, rigorous evaluations to build understanding of how to improve teaching and learning: EEF publishes independent evaluation reports of the projects funded so teachers can have confidence in the findings;
  • Scaling-up promising programmes to achieve maximum reach: As confidence increases in a project’s positive impact through the trials funded, EFF works to scale-up delivery to reach as many disadvantaged children as possible.