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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 contributed to 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 and request to be added to the mailing list.

Promising Projects - last chance to secure your 50% match-funding

The application window for the third and final round of the Promising Projects strand of the EEFective Kent Project is now open until 5pm on Monday 7 June 2021. Before applying, please check that you are eligible using the eligibility criteria and have given thought to the actions set out under “Before you apply”. It is important to note that this stage is to secure the 50% match-funding towards your chosen Promising Project.

Considering the ongoing situation we find ourselves facing due to COVID-19, the EEFective Kent Project Team have been working with all Promising Project Providers to ensure there is a virtual delivery option for each of the projects on offer where possible. The Promising Projects Prospectus %asset_summary_103431 gives a breakdown of which projects can be delivered virtually. The EEFective Kent Project team are constantly reviewing this, and 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 look at our FAQs (PDF, 176.7 KB).

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a publicly funded Kent County Council school; this includes academies.
  • Have completed the implementation training at previously held events such as Headteacher briefings, NLE briefings or the Promising Projects Roadshow, or be planning to complete through:
  • Must not have already successfully applied for 50% match-funding towards a Promising Project from the EEFective Kent Project in either of the previous two rounds.

EEF Implementation Training - book your place

  • 3:30pm to 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021
  • 8:30am to 10am on Tuesday 11 May 2021

To book your place on either of these sessions, please complete the online booking form. A separate booking form is required for each delegate.

Before you apply

  • Check you are eligible; please see above criteria.
  • Read the prospectus (PDF, 1.7 MB) and attend our online Roadshow events taking place on Thursday 22 April 2021; book your place. If you missed the online Roadshow, please see our Promising Projects Sway.
  • 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.

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

The EEFective Kent Project team will be reviewing all applications submitted at two points. Depending on when you submit your application will determine when you will be informed of the outcome. Please see timetable below:

  • Schools who submit an application by 12noon on Friday 30 April 2021 will be informed of the outcome of their application by Monday 24 May 2021.
  • Schools who submit an application between 12noon on Friday 30 April 2021 and 5pm on Monday 7 June 2021, when Round 3 closes, will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 25 June 2021.

Application Form

Eight of the EEF’s Promising Projects are on offer through the EEFective Kent Project. Kent schools and academies are invited to bid for 50% match-funding towards these projects. 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.

This is the third and final round for applications and the last opportunity for Kent schools to access 50% match-funding. To apply for this funding, please submit an application by 5pm on Monday 7 June 2021. Please see the above information concerning the eligibility criteria and what to consider before applying.

To support schools applying in Round 3, the Promising Project Prospectus (PDF, 1.7 MB) has been updated to reflect the new offer for Round 3. There are projects suitable for Primary, Secondary and Special schools.

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

Evidence-Based Training - have your say on the new training offer

The EEFective Kent Project is working in consultation with Kent schools and academies to inform the content of a programme of CPD that it is both responsive to the specific needs of the county and rooted in evidence. All evidence-based training that is provided through the EEFective Kent Project is based on the EEF’s Guidance Reports, and delivered by the EEF’s Research Schools.

The first round of training is being delivered and planning for a second round of training is currently underway. The EEFective Kent Project wants to ensure that the training offer for the next round is responsive to the needs of Kent schools. To share your thoughts about what you would like to see in this offer, please complete this short 3-minute survey before Tuesday 4 May 2021.

The EEFective Kent Project provides 50% match-funding towards the core training costs for up to two programmes per school and in addition to this, fully funded wrap-around support will be offered to participating schools. This offer is for publicly funded Kent County Council schools (this includes academies). This means that if you applied for training in Round 1, you will be eligible to apply for two different courses and receive match-funding towards these in the next round of training. The EEFective Kent Project will only provide match-funding for up to two programmes per round. This is based on what is believed to be manageable, and ensures that meaningful change can be implemented in schools.

SEND and Learning Behaviours - Bookings closed

We have had to close the booking window early for the additional SEND and Learning Behaviours training following an extremely high level of requests. If you were considering making an application to take part in this training, please email requesting to join the priority booking list for the next round, and we will contact you once we have further details to share.

The EEFective Kent Project and the Kent Inclusion Fund are both providing 50% match-funding towards this training, meaning it is fully funded for eligible Kent schools and academies to access.

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.

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 appointing ELEs and in due course, Evidence Champions. Alongside appointing Evidence Leaders in Education and Evidence Champions, we plan to run an open application round to appoint a school or collaboration of schools to be designated Associate Research School for Kent status, providing an ongoing link to the EEF which includes access to training and support and involves acting as a training and support centre for evidence-informed practice.

The recruitment of Evidence Leaders in Education (ELEs) was the first activity under this part of the project. Applications to become an ELE closed on Thursday, 7 January 2021. In total 6 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


Contact Details

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