• Achievement for All had ‘detrimental effect’, finds EEF trial

    A whole-school improvement programme which has been used at over 4,000 schools across England has a “detrimental effect on learning”, according to a damning two-year study.  The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) conducted a randomised controlled trial of 134 primary schools to assess the impact of the Achievement for All (AfA) programme at key stage 2.

    5.00 Jun. 6th, 2020 | News

  • EEF research to investigate impact of three-year GCSEs

    The Education Endowment Foundation has commissioned research into whether teaching GCSEs over three years boosts pupils’ grades. The charity has enlisted the National Foundation for Educational Research for the study, which aims to give schools more evidence of the impact of their decisions. Schools have traditionally taught a three year key stage 3 between years

    0.01 Feb. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Trial to investigate if 'activity passport' boosts attainment

    More than 100 primary schools are wanted to take part in a new trial to find out if enrichment activities, like visiting museums, boost attainment. The Children’s University trial will see 3,000 nine and 10-year-olds in England fill in a “Passport to Learning” when they complete activities such as performing arts classes, sports clubs and

    0.01 Oct. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Issue daily report cards to improve disruptive behaviour, teachers told

    Teachers should adopt personalised approaches like issuing daily report cards to improve disruptive behaviour, new guidance states. Research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that universal systems are unlikely to work for all students and for those who need more intensive support with their behaviour. It also advised that teachers greet each pupil personally

    0.01 Jun. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Most EEF trials 'don't tell us anything', say researchers

    Most trials carried out by a major educational research charity “don’t tell us anything” about whether an intervention had an impact on pupil learning, researchers have warned. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was founded in 2011 under Michael Gove, the former education secretary, with a £125 million grant to fund research into boosting attainment for

    7.00 Feb. 16th, 2019 | News

  • EEF: Weekly maths tutoring boosts progress by three months

    Children receiving weekly maths tutoring make three months’ more progress than those without a tutor, according to new research from the Education Endowment Foundation. The study examined the impact of tutoring on the maths attainment of year 6 pupils identified by their teachers as working below their age-expected levels in the subject. The tutoring was

    0.01 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • EEF predicts 'little or no headway' in closing attainment gap by 2021

    Schools are expected to make “little or no headway” in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off classmates over the next few years, the Education Endowment Fund has warned. Based on last year’s key stage 2 results, the charity predicts that the gap between the Attainment 8 scores of the poorest pupils

    0.01 Jan. 24th, 2018 | News

  • EEF: Teacher research engagement strategies are ineffective

    Teachers need “structured and intensive support” to engage with new research if outcomes are to improve, according to new findings from the Education Endowment Foundation. Three randomised controlled trials, funded and published by the EEF, found that passive methods currently used to educate teachers about research are not leading to changes in classroom practice or

    0.02 Dec. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Mixed-ability classes barely exist in schools, researchers find

    Teaching pupils in mixed-ability groups is so unpopular that researchers struggled to find enough examples to complete a recent study into the practice. They found that factors driving schools to avoid such classes included the “fear that parents may respond negatively and results will be endangered”, according to a new paper from the British Educational

    0.01 Sep. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Scaled-up literacy scheme fails to produce positive results

    A scaled-up scheme to train teaching assistants to deliver literacy interventions to struggling pupils has not produced the positive results of an earlier pilot. Switch-on, a 10-week programme which saw TAs trained to deliver intensive reading interventions, had a “promising” initial trial in 2014, achieving an extra three months of progress to year 7 pupils.

    5.00 May. 30th, 2017 | News

  • 12-minute lessons best for pupil memories, study finds

    Pupils who are taught in 12-minute lessons that are repeated 24 hours later remember material much better, new research suggests. A trial of “spaced learning” showed pupils seemed to benefit from a short physics lesson, followed by a 10-minute break of another activity, then a short chemistry lesson, then another break, then a final, short,

    0.01 Mar. 31st, 2017 | News