Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
28/01/2015
Date assigned
28/04/2015
Last edited
28/04/2015
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

A plain English summary can be accessed on the Education Endowment Foundation website:
http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/team-alphie/

Trial website

http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/team-alphie/

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Dr Andy Biggart

ORCID ID

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1643-3690

Contact details

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

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

Effect of a computerised literacy programme for children with literacy problems (Team Alphie): a randomised controlled trial

Acronym

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 (UK), 10/05/2013

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Condition

Literacy problems

Intervention

Pupils taking part in the study will be randomly allocated to receive the:
1. Team Alphie programme (intervention): this is a 6-week, computer literacy-tutoring programme, which pupils use in pairs, monitored by a tutor; it combines cooperative learning, computer-assisted instruction, embedded multimedia and tutoring
2. English curriculum using standard practice (control)

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Literacy will be measured at the end of the 6 week programme with the New Group Reading Test; key stage 2 reading result will form the baseline literacy measure.

Secondary outcome measures

None

Overall trial start date

01/01/2013

Overall trial end date

30/07/2014

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. In year 6 (age 10–11 years old) of a participating primary school in England
2. Struggling with reading

Participant type

Other

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

240 pupils in 20 schools (approximately 12 pupils per school)

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Not in year 6 pupil at a participating school
2. Not struggling with reading

Recruitment start date

01/01/2013

Recruitment end date

30/05/2013

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Queen's University Belfast
School of Education
Belfast
BT7 1HL
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

University/education

Funder name

Education Endowment Foundation

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

1. Study results will be published in a report to the funder, the Education Endowment Foundation (expected date of publication is May 2015).
2. The report will be open-access at http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/publications/

Intention to publish date

31/05/2015

Participant level data

Stored in repository

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes