The Impact of National College Grants Evaluation

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) commissioned a team from Sheffield Hallam University to conduct an impact evaluation of a number of its grants in support of the development of a self-improving education system in England. The focus of this project was to assess the impact of grants over the two years from April 2012 – July 2014 and to conduct a thorough evaluation of a number of NCTL grants, focusing on the inputs, outputs and outcomes of these grants.
 
The five types of grants examined were:
 
1. National and Local Leaders in Education Deployment Fund: grant enabling NLEs and LLEs to support underperforming schools; evaluation of grants issued from 2011-13
 
2. NLE Bursary: grants used to supplement the Deployment Fund and leverage other sources to support underperforming schools; evaluation of grants issued from 2011-13
 
3. Professional Partner Grant: grant enabling experienced headteachers to support those new to headship; evaluation of grants issued 2009-2011
 
4. Building Capacity Grants: used to support those close to achieving teaching school (TS) status to meet eligibility criteria; evaluation of grants issued 2011-2013
 
5. Targeted Support Succession Planning (TSSP) Grants: used to support prospective headteachers in local areas identified as suffering headteacher supply issues; evaluation of grants issued in 2011-2013 (Waves 5 and 6)
Author: 
Coldwell M, Gregory M, Maxwell B, Ramchandani G, Taylor P
Published date: 
25/06/2015

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