Last reviewed on 16 January 2018
School types: All · School phases: Secondary
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How can we accelerate progress among low attaining pupils? We look at the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) toolkit, which includes research on effective interventions. We also look specifically at literacy interventions and examples of interventions run by secondary schools.

Research on effective interventions: EEF toolkit

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced an evidence-based teaching and learning toolkit for schools. It covers various topics, each summarised in terms of their average impact on attainment, the strength of supporting evidence, and their cost.

The interventions it lists as having the greatest impact include:

  • Feedback
  • Meta-cognition and self-regulation
  • Oral language interventions
  • Peer tutoring
  • Reading comprehension strategies

Below, we look at two of these interventions in more detail


The EEF toolkit explains:

It says the most recent research suggests an improvement of about three months' additional progress is possible. This increases to nearer four months when feedback