At Education Development Trust, we improve school systems at scale and provide empowering employability and careers services to young people and adults. We own and manage a portfolio of schools and, as a not-for-profit, we invest annually in our programme of education research that informs policymaking around the world as well as our own work. What we do affects how teachers teach, leaders lead and students learn and we help to improve the life chances for all.
What is the most important thing we can do to get evidence to drive education reform at the highest levels? This is an age-old question as much as it is a pressing and relevant challenge today. For researchers and champions of evidence use for decision making, it is also a professional conundrum. For Anna Riggall, Director - Research & Consultancy at EDT, the answer is straight forward. She argues evidence production must be demand driven and the process led by the right people.
As the Department for Education funded Early Years Professional Development programmes draw to a close, we celebrate their many successes and reflect on some the fantastic feedback from practitioners.
Alongside the ongoing learning crisis exacerbated by Covid-19, it remains as urgent as ever for education systems to respond to climate change. In many countries, extreme weather, floods and droughts are already causing disruption to schools and research shows that climate vulnerability is detrimental to learning outcomes. At the same time, emerging evidence shows education as a valuable tool for helping people adapt to climatic shocks, calculate risks and embed sustainable practices in their daily lives. So, what do we know about the role of education in the fight against climate change and what further research is needed to effectively address the intersecting crises of learning and climate?
Education Development Trust is working in partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver a new careers guidance programme funded via the Effective Transition Fund. The Dorset Marvels programme will test approaches on how providing long-term targeted careers guidance in Key Stage 4 can enable students to transition to, and sustain, engagement in a high-quality post-16 destination.
We are seeing tangible results from our efforts to support female school leadership in Rwanda. Working closely with the Rwandan Education Board, our Building Learning Foundations (BLF) team has delivered effective training on gender and recruitment of middle leadership positions, boosting the share of School Subject Leaders in lower primary schools to 72%.
Education Development Trust (EDT) co-hosted a knowledge exchange event last month, bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers from Sierra Leone’s education sector. School leadership experts from our programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe all took part, sharing practical insights and lessons learnt from their experiences. They shared how they have worked with policymakers to lead and implement system-wide school leadership reforms to improve teaching and learning quality. The event is an example of EDT’s commitment to creating a pan-African alliance, enabling school leaders across the continent to share research and best practice to improve learning outcomes for all.
We are recruiting for various roles across our teams - these are incredibly rewarding roles that mean being part of an organisation that will prize and nurture your talent. You will get opportunities in your career to grow and develop, drawing on your expertise and allowing it to flourish in an international organisation wholeheartedly committed to its mission.
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