Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
20/03/2015
Date assigned
30/09/2015
Last edited
25/09/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
This study will test the hypothesis that educating parents in how to support their child’s learning can improve the attainment of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, focusing on children in Key Stage 2 aged 7-11. It focuses on the added value of intervening with parents, and investigating the effect of incentives in motivating and engaging them. If successful, the project may lead to a further study of more complex incentive structures.

Who can participate?
Parents of a pupil attending a school participating on the study.

What does the study involve?
The Parent Academy is delivered over 8 months. There are approximately 20 parents in a class and each class meet every fortnight, totalling 13 sessions across the 8 months. The classes last an hour and a half and follow a curriculum aligned with the learning of the pupils at school, so that similar topics are being taught at both simultaneously. The design is a three arm study (two treatment groups and a control group) individual-level randomised control trial. Within each school, parents of pupils in Years 3 to 6 will be randomly allocated to one of three groups:
1. Control group (‘business as usual’)
2. Intervention group
3. Intervention group (with incentives for attendance)
Take-up in the two intervention arms is expected to be less than 100%, so we will analyse outcomes according to the original treatment allocation of the parents (intention to treat).

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Benefits of participating in the study are that parents may be able to engage better with the school and other parents. There are no specific risks of participating in the study, although parents may feel under pressure to take part in the evening classes.

Where is the study run from?
16 schools in disadvantaged areas in Middlesbrough (8 schools) and Camden (8 schools).

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
September 2013 to December 2015

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

Who is the main contact?
Dr Fatima Husain

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Dr Fatima Husain

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3419-546X

Contact details

NatCen Social Research
35 Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0AX
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

A three-arm randomised controlled trial of offering (incentivised and unincentivised) parents Maths and English classes in order to improve attainment of pupils aged 7-11

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Offering Maths and English classes to parents will improve attainment for pupils within a year. Incentivising parents to attend will have a greater effect.

Ethics approval

National Centre for Social Research Ethics Committee, 15/08/2014.

Study design

Interventional, randomised, three-arm controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised parallel trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Education trial

Intervention

1. Intervention 1: Unincentivised. Parents of pupils aged 7-11 are offered the opportunity to participate in the Parent Academy programme, where they are given lessons in Maths and English, covering a syllabus similar to that received by their children. Parents of pupils in years 3 and 4 are taught separately from parents of pupils in years 5 and 6.
2. Intervention 2: Incentivised. Parents are offered the same intervention, but are financially rewarded for each session they attend.
3. Control: Parents are not offered to attend the Academy.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Test scores of the InCAS standardised assessment modules Maths and Literature. Tests are conducted in schools.

Secondary outcome measures

Attendance rates of parents.

Overall trial start date

01/09/2013

Overall trial end date

15/12/2015

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Parent of a pupil who attends a school participating in the trial
2. Parent's pupil is in school year 3-6

Participant type

Other

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

3000

Participant exclusion criteria

N/A

Recruitment start date

20/08/2014

Recruitment end date

20/09/2014

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

London Borough of Camden
5 Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG
United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Middlesbrough Council
PO Box 500
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Education Endowment Foundation

Sponsor details

Millbank Tower
21 – 24 Millbank
London
SW1P 4QP
United Kingdom
0207 802 1676
info@eefoundation.org.uk

Sponsor type

Charity

Website

http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Education Endowment Foundation

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Intention to publish date

15/12/2015

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes