Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
31/05/2019
Date assigned
01/07/2019
Last edited
01/07/2019
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
RME uses realistic contexts and a notion of progressive formalisation to help the mathematical development of pupils. It is internationally recognised, and materials based on RME are used in many countries.
The RME project focuses on Y7 and Y8 pupils, and offers specialist training for teachers which aims to:
1. Develop pupils’ sense-making strategies and problem-solving abilities
2. Raise pupil attainment and engagement, including for pupil premium students
3. Support the development of a deep conceptual understanding
4. Support teachers to promote a more interactive classroom culture
5. Provide materials and guidance for use in both mixed and set groups

Who can participate?
Pupils in the 2018/9 Year 7 cohort at participating schools. Mathematics teachers from these schools take part in the training. Non-selective secondary schools in England were eligible for recruitment into the trial.

What does the study involve?
Teachers involved in the intervention receive training in how to use RME materials and develop their practice over the two years of the trial. Professional development focuses on both effective use of the curriculum materials, and on developing the underlying RME pedagogical principles combining off-site CPD days and in-school tasks. Participating teachers teach the pupils throughout the 2018/9 and 2019/20 academic years. In summer 2020, pupils will undertake a mathematics assessment in school, the results of which will be used to determine the impact of the intervention.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The intervention has the potential to improve the mathematics attainment of participating pupils. There are no credible risks to participating pupils beyond those associated with normal classroom teaching.

Where is the study run from?
The intervention is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University and the evaluation is led by Sheffield Hallam University. Teacher training takes place in six regional centres (119 schools). Teaching takes place during normal classroom lesson time.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
Teaching will take place over two school years between autumn 2018 and summer 2020.

Who is funding the study?
The Education Endowment Foundation

Who is the main contact?
Sean Demack, Principal Investigator/Lead Statistician at Sheffield Institute of Education (s.demack@shu.ac.uk)

Trial website

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/projects/realistic-maths-education/

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Dr Martin Culliney

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7329-8675

Contact details

10101 Arundel Building
Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield
S1 1AY
United Kingdom
+44 114 225 6072
M.Culliney@shu.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

Nil known

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Nil known

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Evaluating the effects of the Realistic Maths Education intervention on the mathematics attainment for year 8 pupils in England: a randomised controlled trial

Acronym

RME

Study hypothesis

Does the RME intervention improve pupil attainment in mathematics over 2 years as measured by the GL Assessment Progress Test in Mathematics (PTM) for the intention to treat group compared to the control group, in general and specifically for FSM pupils?

Ethics approval

Approved 11/07/2018, Sheffield Hallam University Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Research Ethics Committee (SSH-ResearchEthics@shu.ac.uk), ref: ER6803657.

Study design

Two-arm, multisite four-level clustered randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

https://www.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/about-us/academic-departments/sioe/realistic-maths-evaluation-school-information-sheet.docx?la=en

Condition

Mathematics attainment

Intervention

Intervention - teachers attend CPD training and teach their pupils using the principles covered in the CPD training during 2018/9 and 2019/20 academic years. Outcome assessment takes place in the summer 2020.

Control - business as usual (normal teaching). Outcome assessment takes place in the summer 2020.
A stratified randomisation approach was adopted that included controls for geographical hub region, whether a school was a middle or standard secondary school and whether a school currently had a policy of using within-school selection (setting/streaming) to sort pupils into maths classes in Y7 or not.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

Mathematical skills and knowledge are measured using the GL Progress Test in Mathematics at the end of Year 8 (summer 2020).

Secondary outcome measures

N/A

Overall trial start date

01/01/2018

Overall trial end date

31/07/2020

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Non-selective secondary schools in England.
2. Commit at least two maths teachers to the CPD training programme and associated teaching.
3. Teachers teaching Y7 pupils during 2018/9 and Y8 pupils during 2019/20.

Participant type

Other

Age group

Other

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

8,142 pupils in ITT analysis; 23,196 pupils across Y8 cohorts in all participating schools.

Participant exclusion criteria

Selective schools.

Recruitment start date

01/03/2018

Recruitment end date

05/10/2019

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Wilfrid's Catholic High School and Sixth Form College
Pontefract
WF7 6BD
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Marvell College
Kingston upon Hull
HU9 4EE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Malton School
Malton
YO17 7NH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Belmont Community School
Durham
DH1 2QP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School
Rothbury
NE65 7RJ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Hope Academy
Newton-le-Willows
WA12 0AQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Mount Saint Joseph High School
Farnworth
BL4 0HU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Derby High School
Bury
BL9 9NH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Monica's RC High School
Manchester
M25 1JH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Manchester Creative and Media Academy (changing to Co-op Academy North Manchester in September)
Manchester
M9 7SS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College
Chadderton
OL9 9QY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Matthew Moss High School
Rochdale
OL11 3LU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Albion Academy
Salford
M6 6QT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Rayner Stephens High School
Dukinfield
SK16 5BL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Lostock College
Stretford
M32 9PL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Thomas More Catholic School
Buxton
SK17 6AF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Bridgewater High School
Appleton
WA4 5JL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Albany Academy
Chorley
PR7 3AY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy
Darwen
BB3 3HD
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Catholic High School Chester
Chester
CH4 7HS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Furness Acadermy
Barrow-in-Furness
LA13 9BB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Ark Boulton Academy
Birmingham
B11 2QG
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Hamstead Hall Academy
Birmingham
B20 1HL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

West walsall e-act academy
Walsall
WS2 9UA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Smestow
Wolverhampton
WV3 8HU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Fairfield High School
Bristol
BS7 9NL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Madeley School
Madeley
CW3 9JJ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

James Bateman Junior High School
Knypersley
ST8 7AT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy
Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 6LZ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Whitecross Hereford High School
Hereford
HR4 0RN
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Alsager School
Alsager
ST7 2HR
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Nicholas Chamberlaine School
Bedworth
CV12 9EA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Shirebrook Academy
Shirebrook
NG20 8QF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Lees Brook Community School
Derby
DE21 4QX
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Wreake Valley Academy
Syston
LE7 1LY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Priory Witham Academy
Lincoln
LN6 7DT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Priory Ruskin Academy
Grantham
NG31 8ED
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Bishop Justus C of E
Bromley
BR2 8HZ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Mayfield School
Dagenham
RM8 1XE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Stanley Park High
Carshalton
SM5 4NS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Highams Park School
London
E4 9PJ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Chiltern Academy
Luton
LU2 OEZ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Shenfield High School
Brentwood
CM15 8RY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Sele School
Hertford
SG14 2DG
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Tring School
Tring
HP23 5JD
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Kingsford Community School
London
E6 5JG
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Abbeywood Community School
Stoke Gifford
BS34 8SF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Allenbourn Middle School
Wimborne Minster
BH21 1PL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St. Michael's Middle School
Wimborne
BH217AB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Blatchington Mill School
Hove
BN3 7BW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Noadswood
Dibden Purlieu
SO45 4ZF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Vyne Community School
Basingstoke
RG21 5PB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Mayfield School
Portsmouth
PO2 0RH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Pool Academy
Pool
TR15 3PZ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Weald School
Billingshurst
RH14 9RY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Castleford Academy
Castleford
WF10 4JQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy
Birtley
DH3 2LP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Wellfield Middle School
South Wellfield
NE25 9QW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Bede Academy
Blyth
NE24 2SY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

North Liverpool Academy
Liverpool
L5 0SQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Abraham Moss Community School
Manchester
M8 5UF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Peters High School
Manchester
M12 4WB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Hathershaw College
Oldham
OL8 3EP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Co op Academy Swinton
Manchester
M27 6JU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Priestnall School
Stockport
SK4 3HP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Kingsway School
Cheadle
SK8 1NP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Longendale High School
Hollingworth
SK14 8LW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Stretford High Schhol
Stretford
M32 0XA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Great Sankey High School
Great Sankey
WA5 3AA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Fleetwood High School
Fleetwood
FY7 8HE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Darwen Vale High School
Darwen
BB3 0AL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College
Sandbach
CW11 3NT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Bishops' Blue Coat CE High School
Great Boughton
CH3 5XF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Settlebeck School
Sedbergh
LA105AL
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Netherhall school
Maryport
CA15 6NT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St. Joseph's Catholic High School
Workington
CA14 3EE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Swanshurst School
Birmingham
B13 0TW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Finham Park School
Coventry
CV3 6EA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy
Wolverhampton
WV11 3ES
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Ormiston NEW Academy
Wolverhampton
WV10 6SE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Landau Forte Academy QEMS
Tamworth
B79 8AH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Birches Head Academy
Stoke-on-Trent
ST28DD
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Ormiston Horizon Academy
Stoke-on-Trent
ST6 6JZ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Holy Trinity Academy
Priorslee
TF29SF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Rugby Free Secondary
Rugby
CV22 5PE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Humphrey Perkins School
Barrow upon Soar
LE12 8JU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Wigston Academy
Wigston
LE18 2DT
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Paget High School
Burton upon Trent
DE14 3DR
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

All Saints' Catholic Voluntary Academy
Mansfield
NG19 6BW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Deepings School
PE6 8NF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Kingsthorpe College
Northampton
NN2 7HR
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Barnet
EN5 5RR
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Nower Hill High School
Pinner
HA5 5RP
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Marshalls Park Academy
Romford
RM1 4EH
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Cheam High School
Sutton
SM3 8PW
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Denbigh High School
Luton
LU3 1HE
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Wren School
Reading
RG30 2BB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Hadlow Rural Community School
Hadlow
TN11 0AU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Astor College
Dover
CT17 0AS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Aylesford School
Aylesford
ME20 7JU
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Emmanuel Middle School
Castlewellan
BT31 6JF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Dorchester Middle School
Dorchester
DT1 2HS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Twynham School
Christchurch
BH231JF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

St Edwards RCCE School
Poole
BH15 3HS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Romsey School
Romsey
SO51 8ZB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Kings' School
Winchester
SO22 5PN
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Trafalgar School
Portsmouth
PO2 9RJ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Stonehenge School
Amesbury
SP4 7ND
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Durrington High School
Worthing
BN13 1JX
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Lockyer's Middle School
Corfe Mullen
BH21 3HQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Leeds City Academy
Leeds
LS6 2LG
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Leeds West Academy
Leeds
LS131DQ
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Leeds East Academy
Leeds
LS14 6TY
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College
London
SE14 5SF
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy
Bromley
BR1 5EB
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy
Dartford
DA1 4RS
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Harris Academy Rainham
Rainham
RM13 9XD
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Chafford Hundred
RM16 6SA
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Hart School
Rugeley
WS15 2UE
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Education Endowment Foundation

Sponsor details

9th floor
Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP
United Kingdom
+44 207 802 1676
info@eefoundation.org.uk

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Education Endowment Foundation

Alternative name(s)

EEF

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Trusts, charities, foundations (both publically funded and privately funded)

Location

United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

The first publication will be the evaluation report, published by the funder (Education Endowment Foundation). Subsequently the evaluation and development teams are likely to pursue academic outputs such as journal articles and conference papers.

IPD sharing statement: after the project ends, data will be transferred to the EEF data archive, which is only accessible by researchers commissioned by EEF to conduct meta-analysis of EEF data. Participants are informed of archiving requirements at the start of the evaluation.

Intention to publish date

01/03/2021

Participant level data

Not expected to be available

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

01/07/2019: Protocol file uploaded (not peer-reviewed). 04/06/2019: Trial's existence confirmed by the Education Endowment Fund.