The Rise of RCTs in Education: Statistical and Practical Challenges

4 November, Royal Statistical Society, London

Research Director and Head of NFER’s Education Trials Unit Ben Styles will be presenting at a Meeting of the Royal Statistical Society on the use of Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) in education.

The last few years has seen a massive increase in the use of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in UK educational research. Central to this has been the Government’s awarding of £135 million to the Educational Endowment Foundation to fund and evaluate school based trials aimed at raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in England’s primary and secondary schools. Over 100 trials have now been funded, involving over a fifth of all schools.

This meeting will discuss the many statistical and practical challenges which arise when designing, implementing, analysing, and evaluating school RCTs in education. The meeting will also discuss whether policy makers actually listen to and use trial results appropriately and the extent to which pupil outcomes have improved or not as a consequence.

Attendance is free but pre-registration is recommended. You can register by email: or by phone (020) 7638 8998.

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