New guidance to support schools to put evidence to work in their classrooms

A new guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) aims to give schools the support they need to put evidence to work in their classrooms and implement new programmes and approaches effectively.

The report highlights how good and thoughtful implementation is crucial to the success of any teaching and learning strategy, yet creating the right conditions for implementation – let alone the structured process of planning, delivering and sustaining change – is hard.

Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation offers six recommendations to help schools give their innovations the very best chance by working carefully through the who, why, where, when and how of managing change.  They can be applied to any school improvement decision: programmes or practices; whole-school or targeted approach; internally or externally generated ideas.

The report frames implementation in four stages: explore; prepare; deliver; and sustain. It also provides guidance on how schools can create the right environment for change, from supporting staff to getting leadership on board.

This guidance report sits alongside the EEF’s other reports – focused on literacy, maths, and making best use of teaching assistants – providing the basis for an overall advance towards evidence-informed school improvement.