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Independent evaluation of the Teaching Effective Early Mathematics and Understanding in Primary (TEEMUP) Schools Professional Development programme to develop children’s early numeracy: A two-armed cluster randomised controlled trial

This project will evaluate TEEMUP, a mathematics CPD programme developed by the University of Oxford.

The TEEMUP programme involves coaching Reception and Year 1 teaching staff in how to deliver and tailor their mathematics teaching in ways to enhance children’s mathematical understanding. This CPD will include training workshops, access to an online learning platform, and bespoke coaching and mentoring.

The project aims to recruit 100 state-funded primary schools in the East of England and bordering authorities, which will then be randomised on a 1:1 basis to either the TEEMUP intervention or a control group. This study will include two cohorts: cohort 1 (starting Reception in September 2021) and cohort 2 (starting Reception September 2022).

The evaluation of TEEMUP will use a two-armed cluster randomised controlled trial design. As the primary outcome, the evaluation will measure the impact of the CPD programme on the mathematical attainment of children Year 1 (cohort 1). Secondary outcomes include impact on maths attainment at the end of Reception and Year 1 (cohort 1 and 2), as well as children’s personal, social and emotional development and self-regulation, children’s general attainment (usual National Pupil Database data), and teacher confidence and beliefs. The evaluation also includes an integrated implementation and process evaluation.

More information about the trial can be found at the links below.

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Funder: Education Endowment Foundation
Start Date:  November 2019
End Date: January 2024


YTU Team

External Members

Evaluation Team:

  • Sue Stothard (Stothard Education)
  • Carol Torgerson (University of York, Department of Education)

Delivery Team:

  • Iram Siraj (University of Oxford)
  • Edward Melhuish (University of Oxford)
  • Judith Barrett (University of Oxford)
  • Denise Kingston (University of Oxford)

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