Trial Evaluation Protocol Research Learning Communities (The RLC programme)

Achtaridou, Elpida, Ashworth, Karl, Badaoui, Nadia, Capuano, Stella, Mason, Emily, Shah, Jaimin and Behailu, Adam (2022) Trial Evaluation Protocol Research Learning Communities (The RLC programme). Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED.

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The Research Learning Communities programme aims to improve Literacy and Mathematics outcomes of Children in Need (CIN) and Looked After Children (LAC), by supporting Subject Leads, Designated Teachers and year 5 and 6 teachers in primary schools to further develop and implement research-informed teaching strategies. The RLC programme will be developed and delivered by the School of Education in Durham University, between October 2021 and May 2022. Although the programme was previously delivered to schools and was evaluated, it is the first time that it will be focusing on supporting teachers to develop evidence-based teaching strategies specifically for CIN/LAC. To do so, trained facilitators will develop and deliver a series of six workshops, preceded by an introductory session, and closed by a final ‘moving forward’ session, with Subject Leads and Designated Teachers across 240 primary schools in 6 local authorities (LAs). To evaluate the RLC programme, this study will conduct an impact evaluation, an implementation and process evaluation, and a cost analysis using a mixed methods approach. In summary: • The impact evaluation will involve a randomised control trial (RCT) of year 6 pupils’ CIN/LAC KS2 scores in Literacy and Mathematics, supplied by the National Pupil Database (NPD); and an assessment of teachers’ knowledge of academic/action research, attitudes towards the use of research, use of academic/action research in practice, and implementation of improved teaching practices for CIN/LAC, assessed through a pre- and post- teacher questionnaire. • The implementation and process evaluation (IPE) will also draw on the pre- and post- teacher questionnaires, and, in addition, include a series of case studies, (consisting of interviews with school leaders and teachers in intervention and control schools) and observations of RLC workshops. • The cost analysis will collect data on delivery team costs for the implementation of the programme, teacher cover costs to attend RLC workshops and sessions, programme costs (such as costs incurred by virtual schools to recruit schools into the programme), as well as costs for facilities, equipment, and materials, among others. This data will be gathered by the delivery team and through teachers in the teacher questionnaire. Note: Since recruitment for the programme is still ongoing at the time of writing, this trial protocol has been developed based on an estimated number of schools and local authorities provided by the WWCSC. We have also estimated the number of teachers and CIN/LAC per school based on publicly available data. An updated protocol will be published after school recruitment has been finalised.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 13:57
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 12:00

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