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New EEF evaluation report published today

10 November 2017

An Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) funded evaluation of the Teacher Observation intervention, conducted by the NFER Education Trials Unit, has been published today.

The report explores the impact of structured teacher observation in English secondary schools. It found that introducing more frequent and structured lesson observations – where teachers observe their colleagues and give them feedback – made no difference to pupils’ GCSE maths and English results. A press release issued this morning by EEF has more on this.

The independent evaluation for this randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted by NFER. The intervention and aspects of the evaluation were designed and delivered by a team from the Centre for Market and Public Organisation at the University of Bristol.

The findings from this study has a very high level of security and has been awarded five ‘padlocks’- the best kind of evidence that could be expected from a single study.

Dr Ben Styles, head of NFER Education Trials Unit said: “Observation of teachers by senior colleagues is probably commonplace in English schools. It is interesting to see the lack of impact from a structured programme of peer observation on pupil outcomes.”

The full evaluation report is available to view here.

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Notes for editors

  1. NFER is a leading independent provider of rigorous research and insights in education, working to create an excellent education for all children and young people. We are a not for profit organisation and our robust and innovative research, assessments and other services are widely known and used by key decision-makers. Any surplus generated is reinvested in projects to support our charitable purpose. www.nfer.ac.uk @TheNFER
  2. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is a grant-making charity set up in 2011 by the Sutton Trust as lead foundation in partnership with Impetus Trust (now part of Impetus–The Private Equity Foundation), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education. The EEF is dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. Since its launch, the EEF has awarded £87 million to test the impact of 142 projects reaching more than 960,000 children and young people in over 9,200 schools, nurseries and colleges across England. The EEF and Sutton Trust are, together, the government-designated What Works Centre for Education.