Education Endowment Foundation:PACT (Parents and Children Together)

PACT (Parents and Children Together)

University of Manchester
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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Durham University
Home learning activities to support early language development.
Pupils: 450 Schools: 45 Grant: 473,336
Key Stage: EY Duration: 2 year(s) 10 month(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed September 2021

The Parent and Children Together (PACT) programme is an early language teaching programme delivered by parents or carers to their pre-school child in the year before they start school. The overall aim of the PACT programme is to improve pre-school children’s language development by increasing the frequency and quality of parent/carer-child interaction and communication through the use of specific programme activities.

PACT provides content for 150 home-based language teaching sessions using storybooks where it is expected parents/​carers deliver a 20 – 25 minute session, 5 days a week, for 30 weeks. Parents/​carers receive a 2‑hour training session to deliver the programme to their child and a lead contact for the nursery (PACT Lead) receives a 5‑hour training session to support parents.

ImpactThe size of the difference between pupils in this trial and other pupils
SecurityHow confident are we in this result?
Language skills (latent variable)
Months' progress
(Effect size 0.01)
Early Years Pupil Premium subgroup (language skills)
Months' progress
(Effect size -0.17)