Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
18/05/2016
Date assigned
21/06/2016
Last edited
21/06/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Success for All is a training and support package for primary schools that aims to help them to teach their pupils to read well. It was initially developed in the USA, where it is used by around 1,000 schools. It provides training in both approaches to teaching, such as cooperative learning and synthetic phonics, and school management. Data analysis is frequently undertaken to measure pupils’ progress, and pupils are grouped (and regularly re-grouped) into classes based on their reading ability, not their age. Teachers are provided with structured daily lesson plans and teaching materials. Additional catch-up support, such as computer-assisted learning, is provided to pupils struggling to learn to read. While there is a substantial body of existing evidence of the effectiveness of Success for All both in the US and the UK, it has only been evaluated through one large scale study in the US. There is therefore a need for the conduct of a high-quality study to strengthen the evidence behind the programme and its implementation in the UK context.

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 allocated to either deliver the Success For All approach or continue as normal for two school years. The success of the programme is assessed though literacy tests administered with all pupils at the end of Reception and Year 1.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Anticipated benefits of taking part are improvements in literacy. There are no anticipated risks of 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 2016

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

Who is the main contact?
Dr Andy Biggart
a.biggart@qub.ac.uk

Trial website

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evaluation/projects/success-for-all/

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Andy Biggart

ORCID ID

Contact details

School of Education
Queen's University Belfast
69-71 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)289 097 5946
a.biggart@qub.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

1

Study information

Scientific title

Cluster randomised controlled trial evaluation of Success For All

Acronym

Study hypothesis

What is the impact of Success For All on reading outcomes for participating pupils?

Ethics approval

1. School of Education Research Ethics Committee, Queen’'s University Belfast, March 2014
2. Ethics Committee of the Department of Education, University of York, 04/06/2013

Study design

Cluster randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Cluster randomised trial

Trial setting

Schools

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Attainment in literacy

Intervention

Schools are randomly assigned to either deliver the Success For All approach (intervention), or continue as normal (control) for two school years.

Success for All is a training and support package for primary schools that aims to help them to teach their pupils to read well. It was initially developed in the USA. It provides training in both approaches to teaching, such as cooperative learning and synthetic phonics, and school management.

The success of the programme will be assessed though literacy tests administered with all pupils at the end of Reception and Year 1.

Intervention type

Behavioural

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

Reading - measured using the following subscales from the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test:
1. Letter Identification (measured at end of Reception Year)
2. Word Identification (measured at end of Reception Year)
3. Word Attack (measured at end of Reception Year)
4. Word Identification (measured at end of Year 1)
5. Word Attack (measured at end of Year 1)
6. Passage Comprehension (End of Year 1)

Secondary outcome measures

Key Stage 1 Phonics Check (End of Year 1)

Overall trial start date

01/01/2013

Overall trial end date

31/12/2016

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Reception class pupils in participating state primary schools

Participant type

Other

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

1250 pupils in Reception class in 50 primary schools (approx 25 pupils per cluster)

Participant exclusion criteria

Not a Reception class pupil in a participating school

Recruitment start date

01/03/2013

Recruitment end date

30/06/2014

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Queen's University Belfast
School of Education 69-71 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Queen's University Belfast (UK)

Sponsor details

University Road
Belfast
BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

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

The final report will be openly available on the funders website (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evaluation/projects/success-for-all/) in early 2017

Intention to publish date

31/03/2017

Participant level data

Stored in repository

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes