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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) running until August 2022. Both organisations have created a joint funding pot worth £600,000 to support the implementation of evidence-based approaches and interventions in Kent, aiming to improve educational outcomes for children across the county.

There are three parts to the project:

  • Promising Projects
  • Evidence-based training
  • Developing research champions.

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 EEFectiveKentProject@kent.gov.uk and request to be added to the mailing list.

Developing Research Champions - Become an Evidence Leader in Education

In Kent we are looking for high performing teachers, middle or senior leaders and those currently working in supportive or advisory roles within Kent schools who have substantial teaching and school leadership experience to become Evidence Leaders in Education (ELEs). Teachers, middle or senior leaders in school will need at least 2 years’ experience and the skills and passion to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. ELEs will continue to work in their own school or organisation as they currently do, but will be deployed to work with other schools for a set number of days per academic year.

The ELE role supports the implementation of evidence-informed practice. ELEs will have a deep understanding of what evidence-informed practice looks like and be skilled in helping other teachers and leaders to achieve this in their own context. If this sounds like you, please consider submitting an application to become an ELE through Durrington Research School’s website. Applications to become an ELE are open until 3pm on Thursday 7 January 2021.

In the first instance, ELEs are to be recruited on a one-year contract, primarily to provide implementation support for teachers and school leaders who are undertaking any of the evidence-based training programmes through the EEFective Kent Project. ELEs will begin their induction training in February; this induction programme will enable strong practitioners to feel confident in their new roles.

The recruitment of ELEs is the first activity under the final part of the EEFective Kent Project, Developing Research Champions. This part of the project is focusing on developing evidence-based leadership in Kent and creating a legacy to ensure the learning from the project is sustained. To support sustainability, the EEFective Kent Project Team is working closely with the Kent Association of Headteachers (KAH) to develop local leadership, including appointing ELEs, see above information, and in due course Evidence Champions. Alongside appointing Evidence Leaders in Education and Evidence Champions, we anticipate appointing a school, or collaboration of schools, to be an Associate Research School for Kent, appointing their own ELEs next year to continue the legacy.

Promising Projects - Secure your 50% match-funding in April 2021

Publicly funded Kent County Council schools and academies are invited to bid for match-funding to implement one of 9 “Promising Projects” on offer. EEF Promising Projects have been trialled on a large scale and have, on average, been found to boost young people's attainment by an additional +3 months; and by +4 months for disadvantaged children.

The third application round for match-funding towards Promising Projects will open at 8am on 19 April 2021 and close at 5pm on 3 May 2021. The full list of Promising Projects available to Kent schools through the EEFective Kent Project are listed in our prospectus (PDF, 3.7 MB); there are projects suitable for Primary, Secondary and Special schools.

Due to a range of external factors, the Promising Project offer will change for Round 3 with some projects being withdrawn and some new projects on offer. The new offer and updated Prospectus will be made available to Kent schools in early 2021. In the meantime, please be aware that the following Promising Projects are no longer part of the offer:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reading and Understanding in Key Stage 1 (RUKS and Abracadbra)
  • Stop and Think - Learning Counter Intuitive Concepts
  • Working Memory plus Arithmetic.

The Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) is currently being provided by the Department for Education free of charge and is not currently included in the Promising Project offer, however, we are anticipating that this will be brought back into the offer from April 2021. The updated Round 3 offer will be made available in February 2021 when we launch the updated Prospectus.

In light of COVID-19, we cannot determine the impact that social distancing measures will have on the EEFective Kent Project and the delivery of Promising Projects. The EEFective Kent Project Team are working with all Promising Project Providers to ensure there is a virtual option for each of the projects on offer where possible. As part of the update to the Promising Project Prospectus, the EEFective Kent Project Team will make it clear which Promising Projects can be delivered virtually, where possible. Any delays or changes will be communicated to schools affected. For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on the EEFective Kent Project and the Promising Projects, please take a look at our FAQs (PDF, 176.7 KB).

Please note that you can apply for both Evidence-Based Training programmes and a Promising Project.

Evidence-Based Training

The EEFective Kent Project has worked in collaboration with Kent schools and academies to build a programme of CPD that it is responsive to the specific needs of Kent and rooted in evidence. The training programmes that are on offer are based on EEF’s Guidance Reports, refined with Kent schools through a consultation and are being delivered by the EEF’s Research Schools, covering the following topics:

The choice of training programmes is as follows:

For more information about each of these programmes, use the links above to access the recordings of the Taster Sessions that were held in October 2020, and take a look at our Evidence-based training guide; please note the prices in the guide are built on a cost, not price model.

We are anticipating that a second round of training will be held in 2021; this will be confirmed in due course subject to demand. The EEFective Kent Project has provided 50% match-funding towards the core training costs for up to two of the programmes per school and in addition to this, will be fully funding wrap-around support for participating schools. 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 Evidence-Based Training.

Evaluating the EEFective Kent Project - Help us to understand the different ways in which you are supporting pupil progress

Kent County Council and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) are working in partnership to bring evidence-based school improvement programmes and training into Kent. 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.

We invite all schools in Kent to take part in a short survey. It will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will give you the chance to:

  • Share your expertise and experience of deciding on approaches to improve pupil progress and providing professional learning for staff
  • Have a say about partnership working in the county
  • Have the chance to win a cash prize for your school - all responding schools will be entered into a prize draw and five will be awarded a £200 ‘thank you’
  • Contribute to efforts to improve educational outcomes in Kent.

Please could you complete the survey before 20 December 2020 . You might have already received an email invitation to fill in the survey. If you have submitted your answers following the link provided in the email invitation, there is no need to take the survey again.

Begin the survey

All answers are confidential. By participating in the survey, you consent to IES holding your survey data. Your survey data is anonymous and will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team at IES.

Data will be held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR and only accessed by the research team at IES. Neither Kent County Council nor the EEF will see your responses - we will only share an anonymised summary of the survey data with them.

All data will be destroyed six months after the research has been completed: the expected date for data deletion is December 2023. 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 rakhee.patel@employment-studies.co.uk.

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If you have any questions, would like more information or would like to join the EEFective Kent Project mailing list, please email EEFectiveKentProject@kent.gov.uk.

Email: EEFectiveKentProject@kent.gov.uk