Lockdown learning: How evidence can help

“If this latest lockdown feels depressingly like Groundhog Day, we do at least have the knowledge that comes from having lived through one already. We not only have the evidence assembled, but also practical experience of what worked well last time (and what didn’t) to draw upon.”

EEF chief executive Prof. Becky Francis looks at the research that can help guide schools and parents through the difficult times.


Covid-19 resources: How schools can support parents to make the most of home learning

The EEF has produced a range of resources designed to be shared directly with parents and carers, to help them support their children’s learning while schools are closed to most pupils.

Supporting home learning routines: planning the day 
Consistent routines are important for behaviour and wellbeing, both in school and at home. This checklist, adapted from the EEF guidance report, Improving Behaviour in Schools, offers parents some straightforward steps to help build a great home learning routine with their child.

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7 top tips to support reading at home

Shared reading is a great way to develop children’s language and communication and to boost their reading skills.

This resource provides 7 top tips to help families have fun with reading.

A version tailored to Key Stage 2 children is available, as well as 7 translations, to ensure that it is accessible to families for whom English is an additional language.

READ / DOWNLOAD ‘7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home’
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘7 Top Tips to Support Key Stage 2 Children Reading at Home’
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NEW BLOG: New year, new lockdown – a renewed challenge

“Sharing checklists, setting up scripted conversations, modelling with short videos, and email buddy systems between tutors, teaching assistants and other teachers, can help to scaffold and model these routines.”

Some practical suggestions from the EEF’s Kirsten Mould for helping pupils to create effective study routines. READ MORE

Helping home learning (1): Read with TRUST

This resource, adapted from the EEF guidance report, Preparing for Literacy, suggests straightforward ways that parents can make reading a part of every day.

This tool is available in a variety of different languages, and is accompanied by a comic strip, which demonstrates how the ‘TRUST’ ideas look in practice.

READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST’
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST’ comic strip
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Read with TRUST’ translations

EEF Blog: Supporting parents to undertake brilliant book talk

“Every teacher and parent knows that reading matters. It matters to our pupils’ language development along with their academic success, whilst mattering because of its tremendous power to offer us pleasure and comfort in what are immensely challenging times.” READ MORE

Helping home learning (2): Talk with TRUST

This resource is designed to support parents and carers in taking advantage of everyday learning opportunities.  It is also accompanied by a comic strip, which demonstrates how families can apply the five key principles to support their children’s developing language and communication skills.

Talk with TRUST is also available in 7 different languages

READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST’
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST’ comic strip
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Helping Home Learning: Talk with TRUST’ translations

EEF Blog: Supporting parents to talk and listen

“The need for children to interact has never been more important. Communication and language provide the foundations for learning and thinking and underpin the development of literacy skills.”  READ MORE

In case you missed them: two EEF reports to support schools at this time…

Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely – Our rapid evidence assessment examines the existing research (from 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses) for approaches that schools could use, or are already using, to support the learning of pupils during partial school closures.

The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning, 2021 – Downloaded 50,000 times since it was published in August 2020, this Guide has been revised and updated this month to support school leaders with their ongoing plans for the academic year.

READ / DOWNLOAD ‘Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely’
READ / DOWNLOAD ‘The EEF Guide to Supporting School Planning 2021’


We’re looking for highly motivated candidates to fill two key roles:
  • Research and Policy Manager 
  • International Project Manager

The application deadline for both roles is Wed 3 Feb.

We’re particularly keen to receive applications from candidates from under-represented and minority groups.

Find out more about both roles here

National Tutoring Programme: school closures and remote learning

Schools can continue to access subsidised tuition for their pupils through the National Tutoring Programme this term.

CLICK HERE for information on how tutoring through NTP Tuition Partners has been adapted for remote learning and the new lockdown.

Find NTP Tuition Partners in your area

Research Schools Network: 4 key principles for great explanations in remote teaching

“Whether you are teaching live or using recorded lessons, what matters most is to focus on the quality of teaching – in particular, really clear and concise explanations,” writes Durrington Research School’s Shaun AllisonREAD MORE

Get in touch with your nearest Research School HERE

New report: ‘Learning in Lockdown’ from the Sutton Trust

This new report from the Sutton Trust, with survey data from Teacher Tapp and YouGov, provides insights on how the second period of partial school closures is affecting pupils, teachers and parents.



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