Randomised Controlled Trial of Leadership Lite

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Trial protocol

Leadership Lite is a whole-school leadership development and school improvement intervention that aims to reduce teacher workload and increase teacher satisfaction and, ultimately, improve teacher retention in the profession. The programme, delivered over two years, focuses on three aspects of teaching and leadership provision: quality assurance procedures; marking and feedback; and classroom practice.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Wellcome Trust are funding the delivery and evaluation of Leadership Lite. Carmel Education Trust (CET) is overseeing the delivery of the programme. NFER is undertaking an independent evaluation of Leadership Lite through a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to explore the impact of the programme on teacher retention in the profession. The trial will also investigate the impact of the programme on teacher retention in the school; teacher workload and job satisfaction; pupil GCSE science attainment; and pupil progression to science A-level study. The trial will also explore the effectiveness of programme delivery to enable replication and application to other subject areas and in more schools across the country.