ImpactEd case studies

Assessing value for money of school programmes

Making sure school resources are working in the best possible way to benefit young people has always been a priority. ImpactEd Evaluation supports schools in making value for money decisions through:

  • Measuring the impact of external, paid-for interventions: schools can use the School Impact Platform to measure the impact of paid-for initiatives, such as tutoring, mental health support, school counsellors, professional development, or SEN support. This can help them prioritise those which are making the biggest difference to pupil outcomes, and stop doing those which aren’t.
  • Comparing the impact of internal and external initiatives: as well as direct costs, all interventions take staff time. ImpactEd Evaluation is highly experienced in supporting schools to evaluate their internal initiatives against staff time as well as external programmes.
  • Accessing comparative and benchmarking data: ImpactEd Evaluation works with a wide range of education organisations including Place2Be, the National Literacy Trust, Jamie’s Farm, Football Beyond Borders, Teaching Personnel and Oak National Academy. For schools participating in these programmes, they can use consistent impact measures to allow comparisons to other schools nationally. 
  • Using Pupil Premium, Sports Premium and school improvement funding: where projects are funded through specific grants, we can help simplify reporting.

With significant challenges for school budgets over the coming years, this helps schools to ensure their resources are working in the best possible way to benefit young people.

Impact of school-funded initiatives

Moorfield Community Primary School in Salford invested significantly in outdoor learning opportunities. With over half of the school eligible for Pupil Premium, they wanted to ensure that usage of funding to create these opportunities were having an impact. 

Evaluating the Wild Tribe programme and several Nature Group programmes, we used measures of wellbeing, school engagement and metacognition across both. This found a much greater impact for Wild Tribe than other interventions, which allowed the school to focus its resources on this programme. 

Measuring impact of cross-Trust investments 

ImpactEd Evaluation has also worked with a number of Multi-Academy Trusts to measure the impact of cross-Trust investments. For example, we worked with LEO Academy Trust to evaluate the impact of its Summer School programme and a cross-Trust investment programme in 1:1 iPads. With United Learning, we have worked to measure the impact of Trust-wide investment in character education and enrichment, which informed the activities they prioritised in the following academic years.

Jon Coles, CEO, United Learning:
“High-quality evaluation is crucial to making a difference for outcomes for pupils. ImpactEd Evaluation is leading the way in making this possible for schools and school groups.”

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