Research into teacher training

 Teacher privacy notice

 Pupil privacy notice

This project aims to provide evidence that will be useful for primary schools when making decisions about how to recruit and support new teachers.

At present schools can choose to recruit new teachers from:

  • University-based teacher training routes
  • School-based teacher training routes such as Schools Direct, or
  • Teach First.

This research will evaluate the impact of the three routes on primary school pupils’ ability in mathematics, as measured by the GL Progress Test in Maths. Analysis will also look at teacher retention by analysing data contained on the School Workforce Census (SWC).

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is carrying out the independent research. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has commissioned and is funding the research. The overall findings from this research will be included in a publicly available report published by EEF and used to influence practice nationally.

We are currently recruiting schools to this project that will have an NQT from September 2020 who was trained through either a university based route or a school based route. We have written to sampled schools: for more information please click here .

Recruitment of schools with Teach First trainees has been completed. If you are a school with a Teach First trainee and are interested in this project, please contact us using the details below.

Participation by schools will help to strengthen the existing evidence on teacher recruitment and retention. Eligible schools will receive £750 for participating in the research.

Telephone: 01753 637441


Information Sheets

 Non-Teach First routes: school information sheet

 Teach First: school information sheet

 NQT information sheet