Education Endowment Foundation:School improvement planning

School improvement planning

Evidence-based guidance for schools to support their work for the current academic year 2021 – 22

Over the past year, schools have worked tirelessly to limit the impact of Covid related disruption on their pupils. Now, many will be looking ahead to ensure that they are able to provide sustained support, restoring learning that might have been lost since the onset of the pandemic, along with addressing future school improvement priorities.

This school improvement planning resources page offers evidence-based guidance to support schools in their preparations for the upcoming academic year 2021 – 22. It proposes a tiered model that focuses upon high-quality teaching, targeted academic support and wider strategies to aid school leaders’ existing school improvement planning efforts.

Recommended in the EEF’s Guide to the Pupil Premium, the tiered model is designed to help schools focus on a small number of strategies with the greatest potential to make a meaningful difference for their pupils.

Interactive tiered model

Implementing change in schools is challenging. One of the characteristics that distinguishes effective and less-effective schools, in addition to what they implement, is how they put those new approaches into practice.

Busy teachers and school leaders need to know that changes made in their setting will be meaningful and sustainable. Our guidance report on implementation, Putting Evidence to Work’, offers actionable support to ensure that school improvement plans can be enacted effectively, giving them the best possible chance of long-term success.

The EEF’s Research School Network is available to provide localised support for schools looking to implement evidence-informed changes to teaching and learning in their context.

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Support for schools

1. High-quality teaching

Evidence indicates that great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for their pupils.
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