Latest news

School coaching programme improves reading and writing skills of Year 7 pupils

10 July 2015

NFER’s evaluation of a Birmingham secondary school’s coaching initiative has found that the programme had an average impact for pupils, including those from low-income families, of five additional months’ progress.

The results are published today (Friday 10 July 2015) by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), who commissioned NFER’s Education Trials Unit to evaluate the Perry Beeches Coaching Programme which aims to improve the reading and writing skills of Year 7 pupils with poor English scores through one-to-one or small group tuition.

Ben Styles of the NFER Education Trials Unit said: “The programme was evaluated using a randomised controlled trial which clearly showed the programme had an impact for Year 7 pupils. This provides some robust evidence of the effectiveness of this programme within the four schools where it was trialled, which will be of interest to teachers and school leaders elsewhere. The programme needs further refinement if it is to be administered within the annual Pupil Premium grant available to secondary schools.”

The evaluation at Perry Beeches, The Academy, is one of eight reports published by the EEF today.