£9.8m fund to research world’s best teaching methods – Friday 8 June 2018

This week I highlight the new £9.8m fund launched to research the world’s best teaching methods to help disadvantaged children, the DfE’s pilot of a new national teaching job website and the announcement of further investment to create additional school places for children with special educational needs.

£9.8m fund to research world’s best teaching methods
This week a new £9.8 million fund was launched to gather global evidence on the most effective teaching methods to help disadvantaged children. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and global development charity BHP Billiton Foundation will fund the 5-year project, which will build “a global evidence network” of strategies to tackle common challenges and boost attainment in schools.  It will specifically look at how to teach children to read, and how to engage parents in their children’s learning.

The project will help further develop the EEF’s ‘Teaching and Learning Toolkit’, test different teaching and learning approaches across different countries, build a global network of evidence hubs (similar to EEF’s Research Schools) and establish EEF-style organisations in partner countries to act as evidence brokers and encourage the adoption of evidence-based policy at a national level.

Launch of new national teaching job website
Last weekend the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, announced a free website had been launched to advertise vacancies, which currently costs schools up to £75 million a year. The website is being piloted here in the north-east and in Cambridgeshire, with a “view to rolling it out nationally” by the end of the year.

Mr Hinds indicated he will also launch a new nationwide deal for Headteachers from September 2018, developed with Crown Commercial Service, providing them with a list of supply agencies that do not charge fees when making supply staff permanent after 12 weeks.

Announcement of multi-million pound investment in state of the art facilities for children with special educational needs
Last week the DfE announced that councils are set to benefit from a £50 million funding boost to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), to give families more choice and help to meet increasing demand.

The additional funding could help create around 740 more special school places and provide new specialist facilities to support children with complex needs, such as sensory rooms and playgrounds with specialist equipment.