The EBE Pie Chart

As an exclusive member of the EBE Pie Chart Club (ssshhhh… don’t tell anyone!), we wanted to share with you the story behind the organisation and behind the logo. So here goes!

While wearing our lapel pin badges, we were asked by a number of people: “What on earth is that?” or “What does your pie chart mean?”

We wanted to use this page to explain where the logo came from and what it means, so that you, too, can tell our story!

Back in the winter of 2014-15, when Evidence Based Education was but an idea in the collective mind of Stuart and Jack, they were sat in a cafe on the street pictured above, in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (other chain cafes are available…), attempting to devise a logo for this new company.

After numerous iterations, and having inadvertently plagiarised the logos of at least four other organisations, they finally settled on the pie chart idea. They often refer to EBE as sitting in the role of “boundary-dweller” of education; to understand what this means, and where the logo fits in, have a read of the chart below.

30% of the chart is dark orange, and represents education policy-makers. Many education policy decisions are not based on the best available evidence on what works...
30% of the chart is our mid-orange; this represents education research. Edu-research often doesn't translate to classroom teachers...
30% of the chart is a pale orange and, you've guessed it, this is the "practice" bit. These are the classroom teachers - those at the chalkface of education...
The three often don't "talk to" one another. That's where we come in. The 10% black segment represents EBE - bridging the gaps between policy, research and practice.

That’s where the logo comes from, what it means, and why you have a beautiful pie chart pin badge!

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