An Evidence Informed Approach to School Improvement

An Evidence Informed Approach to School Improvement

An Evidence Informed Approach to School Improvement

Audience:    NLEs, Head of Teaching Schools, LA Heads of School Improvement

NLEs/Heads of Teaching Schools are invited to bring a ‘plus one’ to the event, to enable an emerging system leader (eg. Assistant/Deputy Heads for T&L, CPLD) who would benefit from this kind of professional learning opportunity, as well as help continue to add leadership capacity in the region.

Programme Leader Biographies:

Professor Sharples is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Education Endowment Foundation, on secondment from University College London. Jonathan works with schools and policy makers across the sector to promote evidence- informed practice, and spread knowledge of ‘what works’ in teaching and learning. He is the lead author of EEF’s guide on effective implementation, Putting Evidence to Work: A School’s Guide to Implementation. 

Tom Colquhoun is Assistant Headteacher (T&L) at The Blue School Wells, the largest secondary school in Somerset.  He is also Director of West Somerset Research School, which is part of a national network of 22 schools whose aim is to provide school-based support for evidence-based practice.  Tom has held various roles in governance and senior leadership and also had middle leadership responsibility for Physical Education, IT and Pastoral Care.  Tom is enjoying the opportunity to develop a regional network of like-minded professionals who are looking to learn from the evidence and support system leadership in the South West.  Get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lorwyn Randall is the Director of Kingsbridge Research School where he is also an Assistant Principal leading on evidence-informed Teaching and Learning.  He is working directly with the Education Endowment Foundation on various projects across the Research School Network as well as leading an evaluation of memory techniques in the classroom.  He leads professional learning programmes across the South West for both the EEF and the Institute for Effective Education, working with teachers and leaders across the region to make better use of research to improve outcomes for children.

Agenda: (9.30 am – 3 pm)

The day will provide a 'deep dive' into the EEF's 'School's Guide to Implementation' and how it can be systematically applied to improve impact.

Please note, that this event is not the same as the national EEF events that are being offered to NLEs in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester. National events days will provide a more general introduction to the range of ways in which the EEF Toolkit, Guidance Reports etc can inform NLE school improvement work. 

Working in partnership, the TSC SW and the EEF have designed a day that is specifically shaped around the 3 day NLE deployment, the different stages of the implementation process and how to reflect this work and the process in the RAF's.

System leaders will have an opportunity to:

  • Receive practical guidance from the EEF on how to take an evidence-informed approach to school improvement deployments
  • Find out how NLEs can best identify the right kinds of improvement activities on the DfE RAF forms, whilst facilitating authentic and sustainable improvement in eligible schools
  • Learn about case studies of current NLE school improvement work and effective partnership working in the region

Agenda - For information (please note, this agenda is subject to change)

9.00 - 9.30

  • Welcome, refreshments & registration


9.30 -9.45

  • Objectives of the day; progress of the SI offer in the region; Team South West perspective

Chrysta Garnett

9.45 -10.00

  • Evidence-informed Practice: What it is and why it matters

Prof Jonathan Sharples

10.00 -10.30

  • Evidence-informed School Improvement in the SW

Tom Colquhoun

Lorwyn Randall

Cornwall Teaching School Together

10.30 - 11.00

Introducing the model:

  • The  stages of implementation
  • How this model can work for NLEs, system leaders and school improvement partners ‘in the field’

Prof Jonathan Sharples

11.00 - 11.20



11.20 - 13.00

Deep dive into the EEF’s 'School’s Guide to Implementation'

  • Exploring foci for improvement
  • Testing the feasibility and fit of interventions
  • Preparing for delivery and robust and precise school improvement conversations
  • Using the Recommended Actions Form to support implementation.

Prof Jonathan Sharples

Tom Colquhoun

Chrysta Garnett

13.00 - 13.45



13.45 - 14.45

NLE School Improvement Case Studies from the region, followed by Q & A session

SW NLEs & Tony Bloxham

14.45 -15.15

Deliver & Sustain: Thoughtful adaptations and sustaining innovation

Prof Jonathan Sharples

15.15 – 15.30

Q & A

15.30 Departure



Event Properties

Event Date 25-04-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 25-04-2019 3:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-03-2019
Capacity 80
Registered 61
Cut off date 18-04-2019
Individual Price Free
Exeter Racecourse
Kennford Exeter Devon EX6 7XS UK
Exeter Racecourse
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