Education Endowment Foundation:Schools can sign up to trial high potential programmes designed to boost pupil progress

Schools can sign up to trial high potential programmes designed to boost pupil progress

EEF launches new research projects to investigate promising educational programmes

Schools across England can sign up for one of three new trials that will investigate the impact of high potential programmes on children’s outcomes, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) announced today.

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These trials will look at the impact of programmes for primary schools– with two focussing on the use of EdTech in teaching practice:

: This online tutoring programme, designed by Whizz Education, aims to improve primary school pupils’ maths attainment. This project will assess the impact of the programme on mathematics outcomes for Year 2,3,4, and 5 children (six- to ten-year-olds) and will be evaluated by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

DreamBox Reading Plus
: Developed by Reading Solutions UK, this online reading development programme aims to support children with reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. The evaluation of this trial, which will assess the impact of the programme on Year 5 pupils’ (nine- and ten-year-olds), will be led by Manchester Metropolitan University.

: Developed by Bath Spa University, this professional development programme for science leads and Year 5 teachers aims to improve pupil attainment and teacher confidence by supporting high-quality practice. NatCen will lead the evaluation of this programme.

All schools who sign up to take part in one of these projects will make a valuable contribution to the education evidence base, which in turn will support the profession to improve teaching and learning through better use of evidence.

By getting involved in an EEF-funded trial, participating schools also have the opportunity to deliver a high-potential programme at a reduced cost.

Professor Becky Francis CBE, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

Charlotte Hindley, Deputy Headteacher at Platt Bridge Community School: