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Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
This study is conducted to find out if the four-week summer workshop delivered by the Discover Children’s Story Centre, helps to improve pupils’ writing skills during the transition from Year 6 to Year 7, especially the pupils with poor to average writing skills (between Key Stage 2 Level 3c and Level 4c). This will include a variety of workshops, including poetry and literacy sessions combined with a range of enrichment activities such as trips to performances and sporting activities.

Who can participate?
Pupils in Year 6 (2012/13 academic year), whose KS2 English is predicted to be between Level 3c and Level 4c and attending primary and secondary schools that are willing to agree to all research procedures can participate in this study.

What does the study involve?
In total, 250 pupils will take part in this study. They will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: receiving workshop in the summer holidays of 2013 or a school-based reading and writing workshop (control group). At the beginning of the autumn term 2013, all participating Year 7 pupils will complete the GL Assessment Progress in English (PiE) 11 (Long Form). Pupils in the control group will be offered the school-based workshop after this evaluation. The results of pupils who have taken part in the four-week summer workshop will then be compared with the results of pupils in the control group, in order to find out the effect the workshop has had on pupils’ writing skills.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participating pupils will have the opportunity to be selected to attend the summer school, free of charge, which will provide interesting and memorable experiences and may improve their reading and writing skills. 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 Discover Children’s Story Centre is responsible for communication with schools and conducting the workshop.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study begins in January 2013 and is expected to last for one year.

Who is funding the study?
The Education Endowment Foundation, UK.

Who is the main contact?
Principle Investigator: Professor David Torgerson,
Trial Manager: Laura Jefferson,

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Prof David Torgerson


Contact details

York Trials Unit
Department of Health Sciences
University of York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

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EudraCT number number

Protocol/serial number

Version 2.1 (23/04/13)

Study information

Scientific title

A pragmatic randomised controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of the Discover Children'’s Story Centre summer writing programme


Study hypothesis

What is the effectiveness of the Discover four-week literacy summer school, on the writing skills of participating children, when compared to ‘business as usual’?

Ethics approval

Not provided at the time of registration

Study design

Pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting


Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a parent and pupil information letter.


Education –primary and secondary schools


Intervention: Discover four-week literacy summer school: delivered and supported by the Discover Children’s Story Centre during the summer holidays of 2013. The intervention will include a variety of workshops including poetry and literacy sessions, trips to performances, sporting activities and drama.

Control: ‘Business as usual’, following the evaluation, control group pupils will be offered a reading and writing workshop delivered in secondary schools in the autumn term 2013

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Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

Children’s combined scores on the two writing tasks of the GL Assessment ‘Progress in English’ 11 (Long Form)

Secondary outcome measures

Children’s scores on the reading, spelling and grammar components of the GL Assessment ‘Progress in English’ 11 (Long Form)

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Overall trial end date


Reason abandoned (if study stopped)


Participant inclusion criteria

1. Secondary schools will be eligible to participate if they are willing to liaise with feeder primary schools to identify eligible pupils that will attend in Year 7 and if they are willing to undertake all related research procedures.
2. Primary schools will be eligible if they are willing to undertake all related research procedures and are identified as feeder schools to the participating secondary schools.
3. Eligible pupils will include:
3.1. Those in participating schools
3.2. Year 6 pupils in the 2012/13 school academic year
3.3. Those predicted to achieve between Level 3c and Level 4c in KS2 English, based on the teacher assessments

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Target number of participants


Participant exclusion criteria

Pupils, primary and secondary schools NOT meeting the inclusion criteria will be excluded

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


University of York (UK)

Sponsor details

Research Innovation Office
Innovation Centre
York Science Park
YO10 5DG
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Not defined



Funder type


Funder name

This evaluation is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (UK)

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Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

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Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

1. 2014 results in (added 22/01/2019)

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

22/01/2019: Publication reference added 24/06/2016: No publications found, verifying study status with principal investigator.