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Tes talks to…Steve Higgins

The academic who co-created the EEF teaching and learning toolkit talks to Chris Parr about the misapprehensions surrounding his invention and how educators can make the most of the information it contains for the benefit of students

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I guess I’m proud of what we have produced,” admits Steve Higgins, a fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University and professor in the university’s School of Education. Higgins is referring to his role in the creation of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) teaching and learning toolkit, and his reticence to admit pride may confuse some.

The kit started life seven years ago as a mere 20-page Sutton Trust report, described as an “easily accessible guide for teachers detailing the approaches they should consider when allocating the government’s pupil ...

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