The Sutton Trust, as the lead charity in a partnership with Impetus-PEF, was awarded a £135 million arm’s length grant in 2011 by the Government to establish a major initiative to boost the attainment of some of the country’s most disadvantaged children. The grant was awarded through an open application process involving 14 other bidders. Click on the image to access to the Toolkit.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement, ensuring that children from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential and make the most of their talents. Since its launch the EEF has awarded £80 million to 133 projects working with over 850,000 pupils in over 8,300 schools across England. It aims to raise the attainment of children facing disadvantage by:

  • Identifying promising educational innovations that address the needs of disadvantaged children in primary and secondary schools in England

  • Evaluating these innovations to extend and secure the evidence on what works and can be made to work at scale.

  • Encouraging schools, government, charities, and others to apply evidence and adopt innovations found to be effective. With investment and fundraising income, the EEF intends to award as much as £200m over the 15-year life of the Foundation.

For more information on the EEF please visit their website.

Teaching and Learning Toolkit

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

The Toolkit currently covers over 30 topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of the evidence supporting them and their cost. It has been recommended by the Department for Education, Ofsted and the headteachers’ associations as a valuable resource in prioritising pupil premium spending. More than half of secondary school leaders now say they use the Toolkit.

Who Wrote the Toolkit?

The Toolkit was originally commissioned by the Sutton Trust and produced as the ‘Pupil Premium Toolkit’ by Durham University in May 2011. The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit has been developed from this initial analysis, since the Education Endowment Foundation’s launch in 2011.

The Toolkit is written by Professor Steve Higgins, Maria Katsipataki and Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki (School of Education, Durham University), Professor Rob Coe (CEM Centre, Durham University), Dr Lee Elliot Major (The Sutton Trust) and Robbie Coleman (Education Endowment Foundation).

Full reference: Higgins, S., Katsipataki, M., Kokotsaki, D., Coleman, R., Major, L.E., & Coe, R. (2014). The Sutton Trust-Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit. London: Education Endowment Foundation.