Education Endowment Fund (EEF)

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 14 January 2019


Description

Grants are available to organisations to help raise the standards of underperforming schools in England.


Details

Fund Value: £ 125,000,000
Minimum Value: £ 50,000

Value Notes

It is envisaged that £200 million will be allocated in total over a 15 year period, with the extra fund value coming from fund-raising and investment returns.

The expected minimum grants size is £50,000.


Extended Description

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) will fund local authorities, academy sponsors, charities and other groups that bring forward innovative proposals to improve performance in the most challenging schools.

The overall objective of the programme is to break the link between family background and educational achievement, ensuring that young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and make the most of their talents.

The role of the EEF is to identify, develop, support and evaluate projects; focusing on innovation and on scaling-up programmes which are cost effective and replicable.

In the first instance the EEF expects to fund projects run by schools and other not for profit organisations which fit within one of four broad approaches:

  • Testing and incubating new ideas which have a proof of concept.
  • Bringing initiatives from other contexts to EEF target students and schools (this could include, for example, programmes from overseas or from the independent sector).
  • Scaling up initiatives which have been proven to work on a modest scale.
  • Developing projects with potential that have not, to date, been delivered or evaluated effectively.

Latest Information

The general grant-funding programme is closed the applications and a new round will open in January 2019.

There are currently two open calls:

  • Improving outcomes for pupils with SEND. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019.
  • Professional development in the early years: building evidence to close the gap (Round 2). The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019.               

Key Criteria

Eligible applicants are as follows:

  • Registered charities.
  • Not-for-profit organisations.
  • Individual schools.
  • Clusters of schools.
  • Teacher groups.
  • Universities.
  • Colleges.
  • Academy chains.
  • Mutuals.
  • Co-operatives
  • Or any combination of the above.

Applicants who are not themselves target schools must work in partnership with such schools or be able to demonstrate that their project will benefit pupils in these schools.

The EEF will would not expect to fund a project which reached less than 100 students, and ideally would want it to cover more than one school.

An EEF project must represent an advance on what has been tried before, in terms of content, scale, design, implementation, or evaluation.


Eligible Expenditure

Proposals must demonstrate:

  • How the organisation will raise attainment within schools.
  • How the organisation will be held accountable for the success of the proposal.

Also, projects must fit within one of the following four broad approaches:

  • Testing and incubating new ideas which have a proof of concept.
  • Bringing initiatives from other contexts to EEF target students and schools (this could include, for example, programmes from overseas or from the independent sector).
  • Scaling up initiatives which have been proven to work on a modest scale.
  • Developing projects with potential that have not, to date, been delivered or evaluated effectively.

For Round 14, the EEF is particularly interested in projects aiming to improve attainment and related outcomes for 3-18 year olds in the following areas:

  • Secondary school teaching: proposals focused on improving teaching in secondary schools. In particular, to test the impact of projects aiming to improve pedagogy in Key Stage 3 teaching or in English and maths GCSE teaching.
  • Popular programmes: programmes that are already widely purchased by schools with the aim of changing or improving practices in certain areas. For example, a maths programme that comprises resources and training. EEF are most interested in those that are widely used by schools, and where there is demand from schools for better evidence of impact.
  • Improving Level 2 outcomes for 16-18 year olds in English and maths: proposals aiming to support learners who have not achieved the expected standard (grade 4 or above) in GCSE English or maths by age 16.

In addition, EEF are interested in proposals from researchers about how best to evaluate the impact of widespread school practices for which there is currently limited evidence:

  • School practices: strategies which (1) aim to improve student outcomes, (2) can be implemented without a programme and (3) are already happening in many schools. Examples include: practices for grouping pupils by prior attainment; how schools are utilising their pay freedoms; the impact of different staff qualifications on pupil outcomes.

Restrictions

The EEF is not intended to replace existing sources of funding or to enable organisations and schools to continue with core or well-established programmes.


Further Information

Call for Improving outcomes for pupils with SEND

Deadline date: 14 January 2019

The EEF is seeking proposals for projects which improve attainment and other educational outcomes, such as social and emotional learning, for children with special educational needs or disability (SEND). Pupils with SEND might face significantly greater challenges in learning than the majority of their peers, or have a disability which hinders their access to the teaching and facilities typically found in mainstream educational settings. There is a very large attainment gap between pupils with SEND and their peers.

Successful proposals will:

  • Be informed and supported by evidence of impact on learning outcomes. We are primarily interested in academic attainment, but would consider programmes with evidence of impact on other educational outcomes, including social and emotional learning. A useful typology of non-attainment outcomes can be found here. We would like applicants to outline how their proposal builds on rigorous research, and previous evaluation of their approach. We strongly encourage applicants to consult reviews of the wider evidence base in preparing their applications (see further reading, below). We are most interested in applications that have some previous evidence of promise, and are ready to be rigorously evaluated. However, in this space particularly, we are also open to early stage ideas that would benefit from piloting and development (including ideas from other countries), if they are innovative; shown to be feasible; and are underpinned by strong, evidence-based theory.
  • Be practical, cost-effective and scalable. Our aim is to identify approaches that, if shown to be successful, could be taken on by schools and educational settings across England. Therefore we are only interested in developing and testing initiatives that are practical and cost-effective to deliver.
  • Be willing and able to be independently evaluated. We will appoint an independent evaluator, and work with successful applicants to design an appropriate evaluation plan. Note that the evaluation design and delivery does not need to be included in your project plan and budget.
  • Be clear how they will support children with SEND. Note: applicants do not need to have identified specific settings, families, or areas to work in; this would be agreed with an independent evaluator if the bid was successful. Applicants do not need to work exclusively with pupils with SEND, but there should be a clear rationale for how their work will benefit these pupils.
  • Aim to work with pupils between the ages of 3 and 18. For projects working with 16-18 year olds, we can only fund activity focused on students without English or Maths GCSE at 4 or above.

Call for Professional development in the early years: building evidence to close the gap (Round 2)

Deadline date: 15 January 2019

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Department for Education (DfE) are looking to fund and evaluate early years education projects focused on professional development in order to improve the learning and development of children from low income families aged 0-5.

Proposals should:

  • Focus on improving the learning of disadvantaged children in England through supporting professional development.
  • Be informed and supported by a strong theory of change or evidence of impact on educational outcomes, particularly early maths, language and literacy, and/or self-regulation.
  • Be practical, cost-effective and scalable.
  • Be willing and able to be independently evaluated.

Application Procedure

 

All applicants must first register on the EEF Application System.

The EEF application process has three stages:

  • Application Stage 1. All applicants must begin by submitting an initial application form. Once the funding round closes, all applications are separately and individually reviewed by the EEF’s team of Grants Managers in order to identify a long-list of potential projects. Applications will be assessed by the EEF team on the basis of how well they match with the EEF’s funding criteria. The EEF Team will undertake further research and due diligence prior to making recommendations to the EEF’s Grants Committee, which will give initial approval to a smaller number of projects. We will then let all applicants know the outcome of their application, usually within 2-3 months of the closing date for applications. Applications that have progressed through the initial Grants Committee will proceed to Stage Two.
  • Application Stage 2. Projects that have received initial approval will then be progressed by our Grants and Evaluation teams. Independent evaluators will be appointed by the EEF. The applicant, the evaluator and the EEF will work together to develop a detailed project plan, evaluation design and budget, and the EEF will undertake further due diligence. This is also the stage at which we would look to discuss the potential for co-funding with strategic partners in addition to any co-funding you have already identified. This process also usually takes 2-3 months.
  • Application Stage 3. Once there are specific, costed plans for the project (and for its evaluation), the remaining applications will be taken to a second meeting of the EEF’s Grants Committee, which will recommend approval to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees then meets to give the projects final approval. We will then draw up a Grant Agreement with the new grantees which sets milestones to assure successful delivery of the project.

The general grant-funding programme is closed the applications and a new round will open in January 2019.

There are currently two open calls:

  • Improving outcomes for pupils with SEND. The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019.
  • Professional development in the early years: building evidence to close the gap (Round 2). The deadline for applications is 15 January 2019.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
General Enquiries
Education Endowment Foundation 
9th Floor, 
Millbank Tower, 
21 – 24 Millbank, 
London 
SW1P 4QP
Telephone:
0207 802 1676
Email:
info@eefoundation.org.uk