Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
21/11/2013
Date assigned
19/05/2014
Last edited
21/05/2014
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Catch Up Numeracy is a one-to-one intervention for primary school children who are struggling with numeracy (mathematical ability). It consists of two 15-minute lessons per week for up to 30 weeks, usually delivered by teaching assistants (TA). To prepare them for the programme, teaching assistants are supplied with detailed lesson plans and receive three half-day training sessions. The programme breaks numeracy down into ten components, tests children’s ability on each, and targets subsequent instruction so that the tutor always addresses the exact area of weakness.

Who can participate?
Pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 who are struggling with mathematics will be selected by schools for inclusion in the project.

What does the study involve?
Each participating school will provide two teaching assistants who will be randomly allocated to deliver the Catch Up program or a time-equivalent program. The TA assigned to the Catch Up program will receive the necessary training from Catch Up. Six eligible pupils will be provided from each school and these will be randomly allocated to receive the Catch Up program, a time-equivalent program, or normal lessons in numeracy. The program will run for 30 weeks and pupils will be tested in numeracy before the start of program and at completion of the 30-week period. This will identify gains in numeracy ability.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The programme may improve pupils' numeracy ability.

Where is the study run from?
The study is run from selected primary schools in the UK.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to last?
The project started in October 2012 and ran until June 2013.

Who is funding the study?
Education Endowment Fund (UK).

Who is the main contact?
Mr Simon Rutt
s.rutt@nfer.ac.uk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Mr Simon Rutt

ORCID ID

Contact details

The Mere
Upton park
Slough
SL1 2DQ
United Kingdom
01753 637396
s.rutt@nfer.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

EFCU

Study information

Scientific title

Evaluation of the Catch Up Numeracy programme: a randomised trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

The Catch Up Numeracy programme, by breaking numeracy into component parts, leads to an increase in numeracy for the 30-week period where the program is in use within schools.

Ethics approval

National Foundation for Educational Research Code of Prcatice Committee

Study design

Three armed randomised trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

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

Condition

Educational attainment

Intervention

Catch Up Numeracy is a one-to-one intervention for primary school children who are struggling with numeracy. It consists of two 15 minute lessons per week for up to 30 weeks, usually delivered by teaching assistants.
Teaching assistants are randomised to one of two groups within each school:
1. Time equivalent
2. Catch Up Numeracy

Six pupils within each school are randomly allocated to one of three groups:
1. Time equivalent
2. Catch Up Numeracy
3. Control
The randomisation results in 100 pupils in each of the three groups.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Progress made in the Basic Number Screening Test

Secondary outcome measures

1. Subgroup analysis will be carried out on pupils' gender and eligibility for free school meals (fsm)
2. Pre- and post-test scores on the Salford Sentence Reading Test and the Non-Reading Intelligence Tests 1-3

All pre tests were administered following the training of the Teaching Assistants. This took place between September and November 2012. The post testing took place following completion of the 30-week programme between June and July 2013.

Overall trial start date

01/10/2012

Overall trial end date

30/06/2013

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 who are struggling with arithmetic

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

50 schools, 300 pupils

Participant exclusion criteria

Parental opt-out

Recruitment start date

01/10/2012

Recruitment end date

30/06/2013

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

The Mere
Slough
SL1 2DQ
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

The Education Endowment Foundation (UK)

Sponsor details

9th Floor
Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7802 1676
info@eefoundation.org.uk

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

The Education Endowment Fund (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 provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes