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Engagement with up-to-date research and the impact of reading and training upon practice is a vital aspect of learning to teach (and developing as a teacher throughout your career). Access to this research has never been easier with institutions such as the Chartered College signposting relevant and effective research, books, conferences, Twitter feeds and new blogs helping teachers to access, digest, debate and adapt ideas.

We are delighted to be working in close proximity to the HISP Research School at Thornden. Visit our EEF section below or head to the HISP Research School website to find a variety of resources, blogs and information about their training programmes.

Sign up to the HISP Research School newsletter to receive monthly updates and follow them on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.


Although further afield, our links with Huntington Research School are also beneficial as part of the Research Schools Network. Visit their website here for events, resources and blogs.

It truly is an exciting time to be working in education.


The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. We provide accessible summaries of educational research to guide teachers and senior leaders on how to use your resources to improve learning outcomes.


The website houses a wealth of information including, Educational Evidence, Guidance for Teachers, Projects and Evaluation and Support for Schools.

For more information click here. 


The Toolkits are designed to support teachers and school leaders who are making decisions about how to improve learning outcomes. They are based on real life data about what has happened when particular approaches have been used in schools before.

The Toolkits do not make definitive claims as to what will work to improve outcomes in a given school. Rather they provide high quality information about what is likely to be beneficial based on existing evidence – ‚Äč‘best bets’ for what might work in your own context.

Because the Toolkits do not provide definitive answers, they should not be used in isolation. Your professional judgement and expertise is also needed to move from the information in the Toolkit to an evidence-informed decision about what will work best in your school. Click on each one for more.


The EEF commissions literature reviews to investigate specific areas of interest in greater depth. They give us a solid basis on which to begin our work of identifying, testing, and then scaling those approaches and programmes with the best chance of making a real and enduring difference.

There are too many to list from Literacy, Maths and Science, Assessment, Learning Behaviours, Leadership, CPD, Remote Learning and more....



Guidance Reports

The EEF has published 17 guidance reports so far, offering practical, evidence-based advice to schools on a wide range of topics. They include clear recommendations, and are accompanied by tools, resources, and training to support their implementation. The most recent reports include: 


EEF Regional Support

EEF’s team of Regional Leads provide local support to develop partnerships with our network of 38 Research Schools and Associate Research Schools. Research Schools share their knowledge and expertise on effective teaching and provide evidence-informed support and training to bring research closer to schools in their area.

Focus on Effective Professional Development

EEF Effective Professional Development Guidance Report

Supporting high quality teaching is pivotal in improving children’s outcomes. Indeed, research tells us that high quality teaching can narrow the disadvantage gap. It is therefore hugely encouraging to see a host of new initiatives and reforms that recognise the importance of teacher quality such as the Early Career Framework and the new National Professional Qualifications.

Improving Literacy in Key Stage 2 - Updated   

This latest iteration is complete with brand-new models to support teachers navigating the complexity of supporting reading development, plus an array of practical strategies that can be used in the classroom to improve pupils’ reading fluency. The updated report is free to download here.    


HISP Research School at Thornden is one of the 38 Research Schools funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to support schools to bridge the gap between research evidence and classroom practice. We do this by:

  • signposting the evidence that the EEF generates and synthesises
  • writing blogs to exemplify putting research into practice
  • holding information webinars
  • running training programmes which have implementation at their core
  • forming partnerships

Please do visit the HISP Research School website to find a variety of resources, blogs and information about their training programmes. Sign up to the newsletter to receive monthly updates, and follow them on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.

HISP Research School at Thornden aims to support teachers and school leaders with the exploration of the evidence generated by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), with a strong focus on successful implementation. Over the last few months the EEF have produced several new resources.

These include:

  • A ‘Teacher feedback to improve pupil learning’ guidance report
  • A ‘Cognitive science approaches in the classroom’ report summarising the evidence for cognitive science approaches in school settings
  • An updated ‘Teaching and Learning’ and ‘Early Years’ toolkit
  • A ‘Professional Development’ guidance report

Summer training from HISP Research School


So far this year HISP have been running several programme partnerships across the region, including ‘Making the difference for disadvantaged pupils’, ‘Effective learning behaviours’, and ‘Supporting pupils with SEND in mainstream schools’. They have also provided input to various network meetings and provided bespoke professional development for different schools and Trusts.

HISP ran information webinars, summarising the recommendations from the new EEF ‘Teacher feedback to improve pupil learning’ and ‘Effective professional development’ guidance reports as well as the updated Teaching and Learning Toolkit Teaching and Learning Toolkit | EEF (

A selection of these recordings of these webinars can be accessed below, for many more free resources click here:

Effective professional development 


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Teacher feedback to improve pupil learning


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Updated EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit


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Please do get in touch via the HISP website if we can support you in any way.

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Keep in touch

HISP also welcome you to sign up to their monthly newsletter to keep up to date with the latest EEF support resources for schools, to read about how schools can bridge the gap between research evidence and classroom practice, and the various training opportunities being run across the region:

You can follow HISP on Twitter @HISPResearchSch.

NFER (click here) - Educational Research, the journal of the NFER, was established in 1958. Drawing upon projects in universities and research centres worldwide, it is a leading forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education. The journal is of interest to academics, researchers and those people concerned with mediating research findings to policy-makers and practitioners. Educational Research has a broad scope and contains research studies, reviews of research, discussion pieces, short reports and book reviews in all areas of the education field.

researchEd - Click here. SFET highly recommend visiting researchED, the online home for anyone interested in educational research, what it means, and how it can - or can't - make a difference in the classroom. researchED is a grass-roots, teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the educational communities, dismantling myths in education, getting the best research where it is needed most, and providing a platform for educators, academics, and all other parties to meet and discuss what does and doesn't work in the great project of raising our children. Browse their video archives of key voices in education talking about their research, their experiences of research, or their views on how we make the system better. You will also find short, introductory one-sheets on key educational topics, thinkers and controversies. Use them as springboards for further enquiry, or simply to familiarise yourself with the ideas that people are talking about. Sign up for their newsletter to make sure you know of any events in your area.

Cambridge Assessment - Click here for a wealth of information and research on assessment. Cambridge Assessment conduct and publish authoritative research in order to validate, improve and develop their own assessments and services, and to influence thinking and policy on educational assessment both nationally and internationally. Sign up for useful alerts or browse the archives

British Educational Research Association (BERA) - Click here. The blog is very useful - established to provide research informed content on key educational issues in an accessible manner, it produces and promotes short pieces that attract policy-makers, parents, teachers, educational leaders, members of school communities, politicians, and anyone who is interested in education today.