Evaluation of the NAHT Aspire TLIF project: Project Information Sheet


Your school is taking part in Edison Learning's NAHT Aspire TLIF project. This project is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) through its Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF), a three-year investment programme, which supports high-quality professional development for teachers and school leaders in the areas and schools in England that need it most. The programme aims to improve the outcomes of children and young people, thereby making a significant contribution towards tackling social mobility.

The evaluation

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) have been commissioned by the DfE to evaluate TLIF. The evaluation has a number of components. These include an overarching fund-level evaluation, and bespoke evaluations of each project that is funded as part of the programme. Each component includes process (formative), impact (summative) and economic (value for money) evaluations. The evaluation will be conducted between November 2017 and October 2021.

The objectives of the evaluation are to:

Data we will collect

During the project we will undertake:

In addition we use the following sources of secondary data:

Ethics and data protection

Personal data collected by Edison Learning from those involved in Network and Development Days

As outlined in the DfE Privacy notice that Edison Learning will have sent participants when they started the project, teachers and leaders participating in projects funded by TLIF are required to provide personal information (such as your name, teacher number and email address) to Edison Learning and agree for the collection and analysis of this data for research purposes.  Edison Learning is contractually bound to provide that information to DfE. This information will be shared with NFER and the SIoE for research purposes only, including linking to national data-sets such as the Schools Workforce Census. Any personal data shared between the NFER, the SIoE and DfE will be handled securely and confidentially. We set out how we will use your personal data and the legal basis for processing your personal data in the evaluation Fair Processing Notice.

Voluntary participation, confidentiality and right to withdraw

Participation in surveys, case studies and telephone interviews is voluntary.  By completing the survey you will be agreeing to your data being used in an aggregated and anonymous form in reporting. All case study and telephone interview data will analysed anonymously. 

You can withdraw your data at any point until it has become fully anonymised and aggregated into the analysis at which point we would be unable to identify it. If you wish to withdraw your data please notify Dr Bronwen Maxwell (contact details below). Your decision to take part or withdraw from the evaluation will not influence your participation in the TLIF programme in any way.

In all reporting, no individual participant or school will be identified or identifiable.

Further information on our ethics code of practice

NFER and SIoE will conduct the project in line with NFER’s Code of Practice, which complies with Social Research Association (SRA) and Market Research Society (MRS) guidelines. Ethics approval has been obtained through Sheffield Hallam University's Faculty of Development and Society's Ethics Committee.


We will produce interim reports for DfE in September/October 2019 and September/October 2020 to share learning on effective CPD and inform funding prioritisation during the lifetime of the fund. These reports will not be published. A final report will be completed in September/October 2021 and published on the DfE website.

We may also present our findings at conferences and publish articles in professional and academic journals.

For further information about this evaluation, please contact:

Suzanne Straw (NFER Project Director)
Deputy Head of Centre for Evaluation and Consultancy

National Foundation for Educational Research, Unit G3, IT Centre

York Science Park, Heslington, York, YO10 5NP


01904 567661

Dr Bronwen Maxwell (SIOE Project Director)

Head of Commissioned Research and Deputy Head of Centre for Research and Knowledge Exchange, SIoE, Sheffield Hallam University S1 1WB


0114 225 5166

NFER/SHU Fair Processing Notice

DfE Privacy Statement