Best Practice

How are schools using evidence-based strategies?

Do you go by intuition, by what your neighbouring school does or what you’ve always done? Or, do you use the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit to guide your decisions? Recent research has outlined what schools are using and why. Suzanne O’Connell reports

In May 2011, the Sutton Trust published its first Teaching and Learning Toolkit in conjunction with Durham University to identify interventions that work in education. A range of different strategies such as the use of teaching assistants, homework and one-to-one tuition were ranked according to their impact on attainment, the strength of evidence, and how much they cost.

Subsequently the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) was established to manage and maintain the online toolkit. Now the report, Best in Class 2018: Evidence, funding and school reform in England and the United States, gives us an idea of just how much schools and their leaders are engaging with the EEF toolkit.

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