Evaluation of RETAIN: Early Career CPD for KS1 Teachers
Evaluation of pilot CPD programme for early career teachers (ECTs) with the aim of improving outcomes for disadvantaged pupils
Key findings of the evaluation
- ECTs' knowledge and understanding of approaches to teaching disadvantaged students, self-efficacy, confidence and research use increased.
- ECTs' classroom practices became more aligned with research evidence.
- Most ECTs perceived that RETAIN was beneficial to their professional and career development and none left the profession during the pilot.
- There was no control group so it was not possible to say whether the changes that occurred were due to the programme.
- The critical components appeared to be the taught sessions, in-school coaching by an external coach and peer collaboration. These components, together with the integration of research evidence throughout, appeared to be mutually reinforcing.
- RETAIN was positively received in most schools, some would have welcomed closer working with their school.
- ECTs found it easier to apply the learning from RETAIN in schools which were open to changing existing school practices.
- Good quality, structured CPD which aligns with the ‘indicative characteristics of effective CPD’ (summary table created for this project) is likely to be a good investment.
- Theory-based mixed-methods evaluation testing intermediate outcomes that are associated with the intended long-term positive outcomes and exploring the plausibility of the underpinning causal theories and mediating factors.
- Data were collected from interviews, surveys and observations.
Please visit the EEF's RETAIN web pages to learn more about the project.
Education Endowment Foundation
- Pilot report and executive summary
- Coldwell, M. and Maxwell, B. (under review) Using evidence-informed logic models to bridge methods in educational evaluation.
- Overden-Hope, T., Blandford, S., Cain, T., Maxwell, B. (under review) ‘RETAIN’ Early Career Teacher Retention Programme: Evaluating the role of research informed continuing professional development for a sustainable 21st century teaching profession.