It sets out interventions to improve attainment based on a cost to benefit ratio. These costs are estimated averages based on international data and are not expressed as a percentage of any one specific grant. Benefit is expressed in terms of additional months of progress made, taking average pupil progress over a year as a benchmark.
The toolkit was originally commissioned by the Sutton Trust and produced as the ‘Pupil Premium Toolkit’ by Durham University in May 2011. The EEF Toolkit was then developed from this initial analysis, following the Education Endowment Foundation’s launch in 2011.
The Welsh Government expects schools to make use of evidence-based approaches when planning how to spend the Pupil Deprivation Grant. The EEF Toolkit helps schools to make effective choices between strategies, based on a range of educational research.
Please note, the EEF website is available in English only and there are references to the Pupil Premium throughout. The Pupil Premium is only available to schools in England, practitioners in Wales should use the Pupil Deprivation Grant (external link) to fund interventions. Links to Welsh resources and case studies that support the use of the Toolkit will be added on a phased basis.