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EEFective Kent Project

The EEFective Kent Project is a three-year partnership between Kent County Council and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Both organisations have contributed to a joint funding pot worth £600,000 to support the implementation of evidence-based approaches and interventions in Kent, aiming to support the improvement of educational outcomes for children across the county. Schools can participate in all parts of the project.

There are three parts to the project:

  • Promising Projects
  • Evidence-based Training
  • Developing Research Champions.

Exceptional Extension Opportunities

This academic year has been anything but normal - the plans for the EEFective Kent Project have had to adapt like so many other activities in schools. School leaders and stakeholders have told us that the training and projects on offer respond directly to their needs, but that a longer application window would help them. We have responded by extending the application window for Promising Project funding applications and reopening the booking request window for Evidence-based Training.

Evidence-based Training - Reopening

Limited places are still available for September training - request your place now.

There are a limited number of places still available for Evidence-based Training courses starting in the new academic year.

Please be aware places on the following courses are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All the course details, including recordings of the taster sessions, training dates, funding available, timeframes, deadlines and details about the ELE implementation support package can be found on Sway

Courses with places available are:

  • Evidence-informed Curriculum Development
  • SEND and Learning Behaviours (fully funded due to 50% match-funding from Inclusion Fund)
  • Tackling Educational Disadvantage (previously known as Characteristics of Deprivation)
  • Improving Memory and Metacognition.

Places on these courses can be requested by completing the booking request form while spaces are still available.

The EEFective Kent Project provides 50% match-funding towards the core training costs for up to two programmes per school per round of Evidence-based Training. In addition to this, fully funded wrap-around support will be offered to all participating schools.

If you applied for training in 2020-21, you will be eligible to apply for two different courses in 2021-22 and still receive match-funding in any future rounds of training held under the EEFective Kent Project. This offer is for publicly funded Kent County Council schools (this includes academies).

Please note that if you have secured match-funding towards a Promising Project, you are also still eligible to receive match-funding towards up to two Evidence-based Training programmes.

Promising Projects: Round 3 Funding Application Extension

Based on feedback and the needs of schools, the EEFective Kent Project has organised an extension to the application window for Promising Projects until 5pm on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

Promising Projects are well known, evidence-based approaches that can lead to increased pupil progress. Match-funding is available for:

  • 1stClass@Number
  • App-based maths learning (onebillion)
  • Children’s University
  • Embedding Formative Assessment
  • Reciprocal Reading
  • Switch-on Reading
  • Thinking, Doing, Talking, Science
  • Nuffield Early Language Intervention – full funding can now be applied for through the DfE.

The Promising Project Prospectus (PDF, 1.7 MB) has full details about each of the Promising Projects including suitability for Primary, Secondary and Special schools, full delivery details and information about impact and progress. Find out more by reading this case study focusing on 1stClass@Number (PDF, 1.2 MB), looking at the Promising Project Sway, or watching a short talk about each project by following these links:

Applying for a Promising Project

When you apply, you will be asked to explain why this project is right for your school and explain how you plan to implement it. You also have the option to identify a second choice, to consider partnership working and time frames. A successful application secures 50% match-funding towards your chosen Promising Project.

Before applying, please check that you are eligible against the criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a publicly funded Kent County Council school; this includes academies.
  • Must have completed the implementation training at previously held events such as Headteacher briefings, NLE briefings or the Promising Projects Roadshow, Implementation Training sessions held by the EEF in May 2021 or be planning to complete the online implementation training on the EEF website.
  • You can only secure 50% match-funding towards one Promising Project per school.

When will I find out if my application has been successful?

Schools will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 10 September 2021.

Please note that you can apply for both Promising Projects and Evidence-based Training programmes.

Developing Research Champions

This strand of the project is focused on developing evidence-based leadership in Kent and creating a sustainable legacy to ensure the learning from the project is retained. To do this, the EEFective Kent Project Team is working in collaboration with the Kent Association of Headteachers (KAH) to build this work strand. The development of this is ongoing to ensure this strand is complementary to the work already started on KAH’s Research Hubs. This work aims to develop local leadership, including open application processes to designate the following statuses:

  • Kent-wide Evidence Leaders in Education (ELEs)
  • In-school Evidence Champions
  • An Associate Research School for Kent, providing an ongoing link to the EEF which includes access to training and support and acting as a training and support centre for evidence-informed practice.

The recruitment of ELEs was the first activity under this part of the project. Six ELEs were appointed by the Durrington and Charles Dickens Research Schools. Find out who our new Kent based ELEs are

The role of an ELE is to support the implementation of evidence-informed practice, including providing implementation support for teachers and school leaders who are undertaking any of the Evidence-based Training programmes through the EEFective Kent Project. ELEs have been recruited on a one-year contract; they will continue to work in their own school or organisation but will be deployed to work with other schools for a set number of days per academic year.

Evaluating the EEFective Kent Project

Help us to understand the different ways in which you are supporting pupil progress.

The Institute for Employment Studies (IES), an independent not-for-profit research organisation, has been appointed to carry out research and evaluation as part of the EEFective Kent Project.

During December 2020, all schools in Kent were invited to take part in a short survey. Thank you to all schools who completed this. The answers provided by all schools who took part are confidential and all survey data is anonymous and will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team at IES. Further details about how data is used in this research can be found in the privacy notice

If you have any questions about the survey or the evaluation, you can contact Rakhee Patel, the Project Director at IES on

Keep in touch and find out more

If you would like to receive regular updates from the EEFective Kent Project Team, including the latest opportunities and funding available to Kent schools and academies, please email and request to be added to the mailing list.


Contact Details

If you have any questions, would like more information or would like to join the EEFective Kent Project mailing list, please email