Education Endowment Foundation:Focus4TAPS


Implementation costThe cost estimates in the Toolkits are based on the average cost of delivering the intervention.
Evidence strengthThis rating provides an overall estimate of the robustness of the evidence, to help support professional decision-making in schools.
Impact (months)The impact measure shows the number of additional months of progress made, on average, by children and young people who received the intervention, compared to similar children and young people who did not.
Project info

Independent Evaluator

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IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society
Focus4TAPS is a CPD programme designed to support teachers to improve their teaching and assessment of science in primary schools.
Pupils: 2882 Schools: 140 Grant: £398,500
Key Stage: 2 Duration: 3 year(s) 1 month(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed December 2021

The Focus4TAPS programme aims to improve science attainment of pupils, by improving teaching approaches and assessment in science. The course supports teachers to use assessment for learning in their classrooms, with a particular focus on assessing practical inquiry tasks to help pupils develop scientific reasoning skills and the use of self and peer-assessment to develop pupils’ metacognitive skills. The training provides resources and activities for teachers to use, however teachers are also encouraged to apply the principles to their own planning, so that the approaches become embedded in their teaching.

ImpactThe size of the difference between pupils in this trial and other pupils
SecurityHow confident are we in this result?
Months' progress
(Effect size 0.17)
Science, FSM-eligible children
Months' progress
(Effect size 0.15)