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EEFective Kent Project

Promising Project Applications for Round 2
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The second application window for the Promising Projects strand of the EEFective Kent Project is open until 5pm on Monday 26 October 2020. The EEFective Kent Project team will be reviewing applications at regular intervals and inform schools of their decision by the following dates:

  • Schools who recently submitted an application (by Wednesday 30 September) will be informed of the outcome by Friday 16 October 2020.
  • Schools who submit an application between Thursday 1 October 2020 and 5pm on Monday 26 October 2020 will be informed of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 18 November 2020.

The Promising Projects Virtual Roadshow is available to support you to make an application. The Virtual Roadshow as well as the prospectus (PDF, 3.7 MB) will give you more information about each of the Promising Projects on offer and the application process.

Please check your school against the eligibility criteria below and ensure that you have given thought to the actions set out under the “Before you apply” section.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a publicly funded Kent County Council school (including both academies and LA schools).
  • Complete the implementation training (either at Headteacher briefings, NLE briefings, Promising Projects Roadshow or online).

Before you apply

Check you are eligible, please see above criteria.

Read the prospectus (PDF, 3.7 MB), and take a look at our Virtual Promising Projects Roadshow.

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, Reading and Understanding in Key Stage 1 (RUKS aka Abracadabra)is no longer on offer.

If you were interested in applying for NELI, the Department of Education are making this project available free of charge as part of the National Tutoring Programme. The EEF have more information about this offer on their website, to register your interest please complete the expression of interest form. This means that you can apply for 50% match-funding towards a different Promising Project through the EEFective Kent Project. **

Identify a first, and ideally a second, choice of project available from the Promising Projects on offer.

Decide if you want to work in partnership with other schools. If so, consider who you would like to work with.

Decide when you would like to implement your chosen Promising Project.

Application Form

Apply for Promising Project funding

In light of COVID-19, we cannot determine the impact that social distancing measures will have on the EEFective Kent Project. We are currently anticipating that all Promising Projects will be able to go ahead, however, there may be delays or changes to the ways the projects can be delivered. The EEFective Kent Project team are constantly reviewing this and we are working with schools and project providers to ensure that everyone is supported in undertaking their work with minimal risk. 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).

The EEFective Kent Project
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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.

Promising Projects

The first part of the project invites publicly funded Kent County Council schools to bid for match funding to implement one of 12 “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 full list of Promising Projects available to Kent through the EEFective Kent Project are listed in our prospectus (PDF, 3.7 MB); there are projects suitable for Primary, Secondary and Special schools.

Round 2 is now open, please scroll to the top of this page to see the eligibility criteria to receive funding, steps to take before applying and to access the application form. Round 3 is due to open for applications at 8am on 19 April 2021 and close at 5pm on 3 May 2021.

Evidence-Based Training

Book now for the free taster session!

Alongside the Promising Projects, we are currently consulting on the second strand, which is evidence-based training. This is being developed in collaboration with schools in Kent and aims to be responsive to the specific needs of Kent.

The topics below are the areas currently being explored following initial interest from Kent schools. You can read more about the taster session topics

  • Learning behaviours and supporting pupils with SEND - Monday 12 October - 4pm to 5pm
  • Training and retaining great teachers - Friday 16 October - 8am to 9am
  • Characteristics of deprivation - Tuesday 20 October - 8am to 9am
  • Remote learning - Thursday 22 October - 4pm to 5pm

Training will be offered at a heavily subsidised rate which will be advertised when the content has been confirmed. The training is based on the EEF's Guidance Reports, which summarise the available evidence on these topics, and will be delivered by EEF Research Schools. The taster sessions will help refine the training which aims to start in January 2021. To book, simply complete the booking form

Developing Research Champions

The third and final part of the Project will be about ensuring a legacy of evidence-based practice in Kent schools by developing research champions in Kent. This part of the project is in the early planning stages and more information will be available on this site in the coming months.

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Contact Details
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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