Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
28/02/2013
Date assigned
09/04/2013
Last edited
28/06/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
The Education Endowment Foundation has asked researchers at the University of York and Durham University to evaluate the Grammar for Writing intervention being delivered and supported by the University of Exeter in 2013. The intervention aims to improve writing skills in Year 6 children who are less able writers, especially the writing skills of pupils who are currently working at KS2 Level 3 or a fragile KS2 Level 4. The intervention will be a modified version of an existing grammar intervention aimed at improving writing skills in older children. This study will assess how well Grammar for Writing works compared to usual teaching.

Who can participate?
Year 6 pupils in approximately 60 schools.

What does the study involve?
Schools will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: a Grammar for Writing group and a business as usual group. Within the grammar for writing group, individual children who meet the inclusion criteria will be randomly allocated to receive either enhanced small group support or to remain within the wider class. Towards the end of the summer term (2013) all pupils from the included classes (with some exceptions where needed) will complete the GL Assessment Progress in English (PiE) 11 (Long Form). The Progress in English results of pupils who have taken part in the intervention will then be compared with the results of pupils who received usual teaching, in order to estimate the effect the intervention has had on pupils’ writing skills.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participating schools will receive access to a potentially beneficial writing intervention for pupils in Year 6. There are no known risks of participation.

Where is the study run from?
The independent evaluation is being conducted by the University of York and Durham University. The University of Exeter are responsible for communication with schools and delivery of the intervention. 60 schools.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study begins in March 2013 and is expected to last for 8 months.

Who is funding the study?
Education Endowment Foundation (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Professor David Torgerson, Principal Investigator, david.torgerson@york.ac.uk
Natasha Mitchell, Trial Manager, natasha.mitchell@york.ac.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Prof David Torgerson

ORCID ID

Contact details

York Trials Unit
ARRC Building
Department of Health Sciences
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 321 340
david.torgerson@york.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

Version 1.4 12.02.12

Study information

Scientific title

Independent Evaluation of University of Exeter’'s Grammar for Writing Programme: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

What is the effectiveness of the one to one or small group Grammar for writing intervention compared with a “business as usual” control group on writing skills of participating children?

Ethics approval

1. Durham University School of Education Ethics Committee, 14/02/2013
2. University of York Health Sciences Research Governance Committee, 20/02/2013

Study design

Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial. Outcome assessment will be marked blind to allocation.

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Education, English writing skills

Intervention

Intervention: Grammar for Writing intervention: delivered and supported by the University of Exeter in 2013. The intervention aims to improve writing skills in Year 6 children who are less able writers. The intervention will be a modified version of an existing grammar intervention aimed at improving writing skills in older children.

Control: Usual Teaching

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Combined Score on 2 writing tasks within the GL Assessment Progress in English 11 (Long Form) test

Secondary outcome measures

Scores on reading, spelling and grammar tasks within the GL Assessment Progress in English 11 (Long Form) test

Overall trial start date

01/03/2013

Overall trial end date

31/10/2013

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Primary Schools: The University of Exeter, in collaboration with the National Association of Teachers of English, will recruit appropriate schools, willing to implement the Writing for Grammar intervention if allocated to intervention and willing to undertake all related research procedures.

Pupils/Children: In participating schools 2 classes (randomised to intervention or control group) from Year 6 in 2012/2013 school academic year. Additionally, within the intervention class, teachers will identify pupils who are eligible for individual randomisation using pre-specified criteria: Year 6 pupils expected to achieve Level 3 or borderline Level 4 in English by the end of Key Stage 2.

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

Approximately 60 primary schools. Approximately 3240 pupils/children for whole class randomisation & approximately 240 pupils/children for individual randomisation.

Participant exclusion criteria

Primary Schools: NOT willing to allow the random allocation of Year 6 class(es) to either intervention or comparison group, and/or NOT willing to allow randomisation of individual pupils to receive the intervention in small group/one to one or within the class, and/or NOT willing to undertake all related research procedures.

Pupils/Children: Year 6 pupils NOT in participating primary schools.

Recruitment start date

01/03/2013

Recruitment end date

31/10/2013

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

University of York
York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of York (UK)

Sponsor details

c/o Sue Final
Research Innovation Office
Innovation Centre
York Science Park
York
YO10 5DG
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1904 435 154
sue.final@york.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

Education Endowment Foundation (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not expected to be available

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2015 results in: http://www.oerj.org/View?action=viewPaper&paper=182

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

28/06/2016: Publication reference added.