Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
'Mathematics and Reasoning' is a numeracy intervention that develops childrens understanding of the logical principles underlying mathematics. 'Literacy and Morphemes' is a literacy intervention that sees children being taught about morphemic spelling , which aids childrens spelling and also their reading comprehension. The lessons are all delivered through electronic resources, including PowerPoint presentations (which the teachers use for whole class teaching) and online games (that the children can access at school and at home).
Who can participate?
Pupils aged 6 and 7 years in year 2 of infant/primary school.
What does the study involve?
Each of the two programmes requires teachers to be trained for one day in the approaches prior to the intervention starting. The programmes last for 12 weeks, with children receiving one hour of instruction per week.
Participating schools will be randomly allocated to one of the 3 groups: either one of the two interventions or their normal lessons in literacy and numeracy. Pupils' literacy and numeracy ability will be tested before randomisation and again at the end of the school year, to determine the impact of the interventions.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The programme may improve pupils' literacy and numeracy ability.
Where is the study run from?
The study is being run by National Foundation for Educational Research, Slough, UK. Many schools are expected to be in the Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire counties. However, adverts have been placed in the national press, so any school fitting the criteria and that approaches the National Foundation for Educational Research is eligible.
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study started in January 2013 and will run until September 2014.
Who is funding the study?
Education Endowment Foundation
Who is the main contact?
Mr Jack Worth
+44 (0)1753 637392
Evaluation of the University of Oxford improving numeracy and literacy programme: cluster randomised controlled trial
The use of 'Literacy and Morphemes' and 'Mathematics and Reasoning' teaching programmes increase Year 2 pupils' development of literacy and numeracy ability respectively.
National Foundation for Educational Research Code of Practice Committee
Cluster randomised trial
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Quality of life
Patient information sheet
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Participants are randomised into one of three groups:
1. Literacy intervention: 20 schools and 800 pupils receiving the literacy programme over 12 weeks
2. Numeracy intervention: 20 schools and 800 pupils receiving the numeracy programme over 12 weeks
3. Control: 20 schools and 800 pupils receiving normal lessons in literacy and numeracy
Primary outcome measures
1. Total test scores from the Progress in English test (for the literacy intervention)
2. Progress in Maths test (for the numeracy intervention)
Secondary outcome measures
1. Test the impact of the interventions on pupils of differing abilities
2. Analyse the differential impact of the interventions on free school meal (FSM) and non-FSM pupils, and English as an additional language (EAL) and non-EAL pupils
3. Analyse the impact of the interventions on end of Key Stage 1 reading, writing and maths
4. Analyse the impact on specific domains of the tests where the interventions are thought to have a particular effect: specifically, Grammar and Reading non-narrative and Solving routine problems
5. Analyse any transfer effects, testing the impact of the numeracy intervention on literacy test scores, and of the literacy intervention on numeracy test scores
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Participant inclusion criteria
Pupils aged 6 and 7 years in year 2 of infant/primary schools from the South of England
Target number of participants
Participant exclusion criteria
Recruitment start date
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Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
The Education Endowment Foundation (UK)
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Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Not provided at time of registration
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Participant level data
Not provided at time of registration
Results - basic reporting