Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
16/10/2014
Date assigned
04/12/2014
Last edited
01/05/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Quest has evolved out of a project called Reading Edge, a computerised reading programme (intervention) that has been used in the United States. It is designed to help struggling readers in early secondary school improve their literacy (reading and writing skills). Pupils are grouped together according to their reading skills, with those furthest behind in the smallest groups. Teaching includes cooperative learning (people working together in groups). Children who are struggling the most with their literacy also receive computer tutoring and one-to-one teaching tailored to meet their own needs (individualised teaching). The programme will run over a whole school year. There is already some evidence that the approach as applied by Quest does work, but it has yet to be tested in the UK. Here, we will test the Quest programme with Year 7 children in England.

Who can participate?
Year 7 pupils (11-12 year olds) in a state secondary school in England.

What does the study involve?
Schools are randomly assigned to either teach Year 7 English using Quest (intervention), or using their usual methods (control) for one school year. Children being taught by the Quest programme are regularly accessed and moved into different groups depending on how they are progressing. The success of the programme will be assessed though a literacy test taken by all the children in the study.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Anticipated benefits of taking part are improvements in literacy. Teachers in the control group will continue to teach the Year 7 curriculum as usual. There are no anticipated risks to participating.

Where is the study run from?
Queen's University Belfast (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
January 2013 to December 2014

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

Who is the main contact?
Dr Andy Biggart

Trial website

http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/quest-1/

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Andy Biggart

ORCID ID

Contact details

School of Education
Queen's University Belfast
20 College Green
Belfast
BT7 1LN
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of Quest

Acronym

N/A

Study hypothesis

What is the impact of the programme, at post-test, on reading outcomes for participating students?

Ethics approval

School of Education Research Ethics Committee, Queen’s University Belfast and the Ethics Committee of the Department of Education, University of York, 17/04/2013

Study design

Cluster randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

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Condition

Improving reading outcomes

Intervention

Schools taking part in the study are randomly allocated to teach English using the Quest programme (intervention) or teach English by their usual means. Quest is a literacy programme in which pupils are groups according to their reading skills, with smaller classes for those furthest behind. Teaching includes an emphasis on cooperative learning, with computer tutoring and individualised teaching.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Literacy - measured using the New Group Reading Test at end of school year.

Secondary outcome measures

N/A

Overall trial start date

01/01/2013

Overall trial end date

30/12/2014

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Year 7 pupils in 30 state secondary schools

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

2400 pupils in 30 schools

Participant exclusion criteria

Not a pupil in Year 7 in a state secondary schools in England

Recruitment start date

01/01/2013

Recruitment end date

30/12/2014

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Queen's University Belfast
School of Education
Belfast
BT7 1LN
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Queen's University Belfast

Sponsor details

University Road
Belfast
BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

Funders

Funder type

Government

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