Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
25/02/2013
Date assigned
07/05/2013
Last edited
09/06/2016
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 Improving Writing Quality intervention being delivered and supported by the Calderdale Excellence Partnership in 2013 and 2014. The intervention provides memorable experiences for participating pupils and includes professional development for teachers in key elements of the writing intervention Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), including discussion, modelling and planning.
The evaluation aims to find out if the intervention helps to improve pupils’ writing skills during the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, especially the writing skills of pupils who are currently working at KS2 Level 3 or a fragile KS2 Level 4.

Who can participate?
Primary and Secondary schools working with the Calderdale Excellence Partnership and willing to agree to all research procedures.

What does the study involve?
Approximately 24 primary schools (feeding into 3 secondary schools) will be randomly allocated in March 2013 to be offered the intervention either in 2013 (intervention group) or in 2014. In primary schools allocated to receive the intervention, the intervention will be delivered to all pupils in Year 6. When pupils move in to Year 7, secondary schools will deliver the intervention to pupils from intervention Primary Schools who were predicted to achieve Level 3 or an insecure Level 4 in English (based on teacher predictions made in the autumn term of Year 6).
At the end of autumn term 2013 all Year 7 pupils (with some exceptions where needed) in participating secondary schools 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 and Year 7. 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 (UK). Calderdale Excellence Partnership are responsible for communication with schools and delivery of the intervention.

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

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

Who is the main contact?
Professor David Torgerson
david.torgerson@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 321340
david.torgerson@york.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

Version 3 13.02.12

Study information

Scientific title

Independent Evaluation of Calderdale Excellence Partnership’s Improving Writing Quality programme: A cluster randomised controlled trial

Acronym

Study hypothesis

What is the effectiveness of the Improving Writing Quality programme compared with 'business as usual' on the 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

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 patient information sheet

Condition

Education, English writing skills

Intervention

Intervention: Improving Writing Quality intervention: delivered and supported by the Calderdale Excellence Partnership in 2013 and 2014. This intervention will provide memorable experiences for pupils in Year 6 before the transition to Year 7. The intervention will include professional development for primary and secondary school teachers in key elements of the writing intervention Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), including discussion, modelling and planning. Pupils will continue to receive the intervention when they move into Year 7.

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

26/02/2013

Overall trial end date

31/12/2013

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Primary Schools: Primary Schools currently working with Calderdale Excellence Partnership, willing to implement the Improving Writing Quality intervention if allocation to intervention and willing to undertake all related research procedures.

Secondary Schools: Secondary Schools currently working with Calderdale Excellence Partnership, willing to implement the Improving Writing Quality intervention and willing to undertake all related research procedures.

Pupils/Children: In participating schools all Year 6 pupils in 2012/2013 school academic year. Analysis will focus on Year 6 pupils predicted to achieve Level 3 or an insecure level 4 in English by the end of Key Stage 2 (based on teacher assessments conducted at the end of Autumn term 2012).

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

Approximately 24 primary schools feeding into 3 secondary schools. Approximately 288 pupils/children in total in target group.

Participant exclusion criteria

Primary Schools: Primary Schools NOT currently working with Calderdale Excellence Partnership, and/or NOT willing to implement the Improving Writing Quality intervention if allocation to intervention and/or NOT willing to undertake all related research procedures.

Secondary Schools: Secondary Schools NOT currently working with Calderdale Excellence Partnership, and/or NOT willing to implement the Improving Writing Quality intervention and/or NOT willing to undertake all related research procedures.

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

Recruitment start date

26/02/2013

Recruitment end date

31/12/2013

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

York Trials Unit
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 435154
sue.final@york.ac.uk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.york.ac.uk/

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 provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

09/06/2016: No publications found, verifying study status with principal investigator.