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NEW for SEPTEMBER: ‘The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach to 2020-21’

To support teachers and school leaders at this busy and unpredictable time, we’ve this week published a guide specifically to aid your planning: ‘The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach, 2020-21’. This coheres the best available evidence into one easily accessible resource, and has been developed in partnership with expert school leaders from across the country.

CLICK HERE to read / download ‘The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning: A Tiered Approach, 2020-21’

‘School plans that address high-quality teaching, targeted academic support, and wider strategies, enacted with skill and determination, will enable all pupils to come back stronger and go onto to succeed in the academic year ahead.’

Alex Quigley, the EEF’s national content manager, introducing the new Guide – click here to read on.

Early Years: EEF Promising Project, Nuffield Early Language Intervention, to be made available to primary schools at no cost

The EEF has welcomed this week’s announcement by the Department for Education that it is to make Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) – one of the EEF’s Promising Projects – available to state-funded primary schools at no cost, as part of its Covid-19 ‘catch-up’ funding package. A recent EEF trial found that Reception-age children receiving the NELI programme made the equivalent of +3 additional months’ progress in oral language skills.

CLICK HERE to learn more about NELI

We expect high demand for the programme so encourage schools to register your interest early. We recommend reading our FAQs to understand what is involved in delivering the programme

CLICK HERE to register your school’s interest in delivering NELI

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SEND: Five evidence-based strategies to support high-quality teaching for pupils with Special Educational Needs

How can schools best support learning for pupils with SEND in the unpredictable year ahead? That’s the question addressed by our Learning Behaviours specialist, Kirsten Mould – also a secondary school teacher and Head of Personalised Learning/Transition and SENCo – who proposes five evidence-based strategies that can help.

CLICK HERE to read Kirsten’s blog.

READ / DOWNLOAD our guidance report, ‘Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools’

NEW resources to support our SEND guidance: 

1) 5 key questions for school leaders to reflect on – these offer a starting point for senior leaders (aside from the school’s SENCo) and governors/trustees to review their own knowledge, skills and impact on outcomes for all pupils with SEND. CLICK HERE

2) Case study: ‘‘How schools are planning for the full return of pupils with SEND in September 2020’ featuring Billesley School, Birmingham. CLICK HERE

3) Case study: ‘Seeking input from pupils, parents and specialist professionals – how do schools make it work?’ featuring Churchill Free Special School, Suffolk. CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to sign up for our NEW weekly email series: ‘Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools’

National Tutoring Programme: NEW – ‘Best Tutoring Practice: briefing for schools’

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) is designed to be a powerful additional tool for teachers and school leaders.

This brief guide, ‘Best Tutoring Practice: briefing for schools‘, aims to help state schools in England make the most of tutoring opportunities available through NTP Tuition Partners, delivery of which the EEF will be leading.

Key messages are based on the best available evidence for the tutoring models which will be delivered. A list of approved Tuition Partners (by region) will be available from Nov 2020.

CLICK HERE to read / download ‘Best Tutoring Practice: briefing for schools’

For prospective Tuition Partners:

The NTP Tuition Partners application questions and guidance notes are available now for those organisations wishing to become eligible for funding. Applications opened on Fri 28 Aug and will close on Fri 18 Sept.

CLICK HERE to find out more about becoming an NTP Tuition Partner and to apply

“By making high-quality tutoring available to schools, our aim is to make additional support for pupils’ learning easy to access, effective and complementary to classroom teaching.”

Prof. Becky Francis, the EEF’s chief executive, on how NTP Tuition Partners aims to support as many disadvantaged pupils as possible over the next academic year – click here to read on.

Call for proposals: impact of school closures

We are commissioning research to learn more about the impact of Covid-19-related school closures on the attainment gap, and schools’ responses during closures and re-opening. We seek proposals from research teams with expertise in collecting and analysing data from schools, and creative approaches to conducting research in the current context. DEADLINE: 30 Oct 2020.

CLICK HERE for further information and to submit your proposal

Research Schools: ‘Meaningful and Manageable Assessment’ 

‘High quality diagnostic assessment doesn’t just appear in a pack from an exam board – it is borne of the expertise of the classroom teacher. During the partial school closures, we ensured that teachers had time and training.’

Dr Jo Pearson, Head of Oldham Research School, and Helen Crowther, Principal of The Greetland Academy, share their insights of planning meaningful and manageable assessment in readiness for the full re-opening of schools in September…

CLICK HERE to read ‘Back to School’ – Meaningful and Manageable Assessment

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Suggested reading: 7 new reports worth a look

‘Generations of talent are being lost through a lack of investment in the early years workforce which risks widening inequality in our society’ – this Sutton Trust report calls for improvements in training, pay and working conditions of early years staff ahead of the new school year.

‘Education in England: Annual Report 2020’ – the new annual report from the Education Policy Institute finds that the attainment gap has stopped closing for the first time in five years, and that there are indications it is beginning to widen.

‘Going Back to School Guide’ – new resource from the Children’s Commissioner, designed to help children understand the changes they might see when they return to school and offer tips on how to cope if they are feeling worried or nervous.

‘Building a Fairer Future: Tackling the attainment gap in GCSE English and maths’ – new report from Teach First shows the ongoing attainment gap in GCSE English and maths, highlighting the inequality faced by young people.

‘Managing the transition back to school: a guide for schools and colleges’ – ‘We know that a large number of pupils will adapt quickly and positively re-engage with their education. However, some pupils will need additional support to cope with change and build resilience,’ says new guide from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

‘The Impressive Effects of Tutoring on PreK-12 Learning’ – one-to-one and small-group tutoring has strong impact on the attainment of primary and secondary school-age pupils, meta-analysis of 96 studies from the Annenberg Institute shows.

‘GCSE and A-Level results 2020: How grades have changed in every subject’ – analysis from FFT Education Datalab compares the results achieved by students in 2020 to those recorded in 2019.



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