Education Endowment Foundation:Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

Campaign for Learning
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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A project which aims to give parents the skills to effectively support their child’s learning.
Schools: 40 Grant: £550,000
Key Stage: 2 Duration: 2 year(s) Type of Trial: Effectiveness Trial
Completed January 2014

Mind the Gap sought to improve the metacognition and academic attainment of pupils in Year 4. There were two aspects to the intervention. The first involved training teachers in how to embed metacognitive approaches in their work, and how to continue to effectively and strategically involve parents. This training took place over a day and was provided by a consultant. The second component focused on parental engagement and offered families the opportunity to participate in a series of facilitated workshops where children and parents work together to create an animated film. Sessions were coordinated by a practitioner who helped participants to think about how they are learning, create learning goals and reflect on their progress; to be metacognitive about the learning process they were engaged in together. The families were offered 2 hours of workshops per week for 5 weeks (10 hours in total).

The project targeted schools in four areas of England: Birmingham, Devon, London and Manchester. It was delivered by the Campaign for Learning, with assessments carried out by Durham University. Delivery started in September 2012 and finished in October 2013.

The project was evaluated using a randomised controlled trial, which compared the interventions to a business-as-usual’ control group. It is important to note that it was eligibility for the animation course, not participation, that was randomised, so the results must be regarded as estimating the effect of being offered the animation course (alone or in combination with teacher training, as appropriate) rather than participating in it.

ImpactThe size of the difference between pupils in this trial and other pupils
SecurityHow confident are we in this result?
Mind the Gap overall effect (all pupils)
Months' progress
(Effect size -0.14)
Teacher training alone
Months' progress
(Effect size 0.01)
Parental engagement offer alone
Months' progress
(Effect size -0.25)
Mind the Gap overall effect (FSM pupils)
Months' progress
(Effect size -0.27)