The Grammar and Writing Project From The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy
This exciting project is exploring the effectiveness of a new approach to teaching grammar to improve children’s writing, as part of the national curriculum. The research involves Y2 teachers, using random selection from the list of all Y2 teachers in London. The research will be very robust – it involves a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) and qualitative process evaluation. The project is being led by Professor Dominic Wyse of UCL Institute of Education.
Randomised selection will result in some schools being in an ‘intervention group’ and other schools in a ‘comparison group’.
- Schools in the ‘intervention group’: will receive free training and support in academic year 2019-20 to use Englicious with their classes (one Y2 teacher per school)
- Schools in the ‘comparison group’: will receive this free training and support in academic year 2020-21 (one Y2 teacher per school)
The Process Evaluation:
Some schools will be visited so that we can better understand practice ‘on the ground’.
The training that teachers would get:
- Intervention group: one Y2 teacher in each school would receive training and support to use Englicious with their class and be involved in some activities that enable the research team to gather data about this.
- Comparison group: one Y2 teacher in each school would be involved in some activities that enable the research team to gather supplementary data for the project.
What we would need from participating schools:
- some standard administrative data and pupil data, e.g. data about EAL, FSM
- collaborating with us on the organisation of the project’s tests of writing
- assistance with seeking parental consent (we would provide the relevant paperwork)
Data Protection and ethics
All pupil data will be treated with the strictest confidence and stored in accordance with current data protection legislation. All results from the study will be anonymised so that no schools or individual pupils will be identified; confidentiality will be maintained at all times. The research team are all from the world-leading University College London and the UCL Institute of Education so we have lots of experience of dealing with data ethically.
Potentially interested in being involved?
To register your school’s interest in this study (please be assured this would not formally commit you to anything at this stage), simply send an email to our researcher, Dr Sue Sing, to the following email address: email@example.com by no later than the close of Wednesday 18th September.