Education Endowment Foundation:Glasses in Classes

Glasses in Classes

University of Leeds
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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University of Nottingham
Supporting schools and parents to encourage pupils to get and wear glasses.
Pupils: 700 Schools: 100 Grant: £410,239
Key Stage: EY Duration: 1 year(s) 4 month(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed June 2020

The intervention, developed by the Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER), aims to increase the number of children who obtain and consistently wear glasses, following an eye test, by involving both schools and families. The CAER is a partnership created by Bradford Opportunity Area to remove health barriers to learning.

Eye test results are shared with schools and staff are trained to support pupils and their families to obtain the glasses and encourage pupils to wear them. Pupils receive two pairs of glasses: one to keep at school and one for home. Each participating school has a Vision Coordinator (VC), supporting the relationship between school, families, opticians, and health services. The intervention targets children who were initially assessed at vision screening and referred for an eye test (refraction).

ImpactThe size of the difference between pupils in this trial and other pupils
SecurityHow confident are we in this result?
Letter-Word Identification, full sample
Months' progress
(Effect size -0.03)
Letter-Word Identification, FSM-eligible group
Months' progress
(Effect size 0.09)