Education Endowment Foundation

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The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity established in 2011 to improve the educational attainment of the poorest pupils in English schools.


In November 2010 the Department for Education announced an initiative inspired by Barack Obama's "Race to the Top" programme in America. After a selection process, it gave an arms-length grant in April 2011 to the Sutton Trust and Impetus Trust to establish and endow EEF as a new charity.[1][2]

About 300 teachers and educationists attended the organisation's first conference in October 2011.[3]


The EEF funds projects targeted at pupils receiving free school meals, and at primary and secondary schools whose performance is below the Government's lower benchmarks.[2]

Independent academic researchers will assess the EEF's projects for effectiveness, economy and whether they are repeatable in other schools.[3]


The Chairman of the EEF is the philanthropist Sir Peter Lampl, who also chairs the Sutton Trust.

The EEF's first Chief Executive is Kevan Collins, formerly Director of Children's Services and then Chief Executive of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.[4] He will lead a team of 12 staff at the Foundation.[2]


  1. ^ "Charity to run Obama-style fund for deprived pupils". BBC. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Helen Ward (17 February 2012). "'This is the biggest issue we face in education'". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sue Littlemore (18 October 2011). "Ideas from teachers could change the lives of disadvantaged children: Report from the first conference of the new Education Endowment Foundation". Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Chief Executive to leave Tower Hamlets". Tower Hamlets. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. 

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