The York Trials Unit (YTU) has been appointed as an independent evaluator by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). In collaboration with Durham University, the YTU has been funded by the EEF to independently evaluate 3 interventions aimed to improve the writing skills of pupils during the transition from Primary School (Year 6) to Secondary School (Year 7), especially the writing skills of pupils who are currently working below nationally expected levels. The funding began in January 2013 for 12 months.
This project will evaluate the Grammar for Writing intervention being delivered and supported by the University of Exeter in 2013. The intervention will be a modified version of an existing grammar intervention aimed at improving writing skills in older children.
In this pragmatic cluster randomised trial with a split plot design, approximately 60 schools will be recruited and randomised at the class level into two groups: a Grammar for writing group and a business as usual group. Within the intervention classes individual children, who meet the inclusion criteria, will be randomised to receive either enhanced small group support or to remain within the wider class.
Towards the end of the summer term (2013) all pupils from included classes 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.