To provide the background context to many of the issues being discussed at the Best in Class 2018 summit, the Sutton Trust commissioned surveys of teachers and school leaders in England and the United States. Our three areas of focus were: attitudes to evidence and ‘what works’ in school decision-making, how targeted money for less well-off pupils is spent, and perceptions of charter schools and academy trusts amongst teachers.
1,246 state school teachers across England were polled by the National Foundation for Education Research using their Teacher Voice survey. 501 teachers in US public schools were polled by YouGov. Fieldwork was conducted during March 2018.
The Trust has been monitoring use of the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit since 2012, with use in schools up to almost two thirds of senior school leaders and one in four classroom teachers: