Want to improve literacy teaching in your primary school? And be part of a ground-breaking research study at the same time?

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Want to improve literacy teaching in your primary school? And be part of a ground-breaking research study at the same time?

The Education Endowment Foundation is looking for primary schools to take part in its largest trial to date, the Literacy Octopus. The EEF, funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund and Department for Education  to offer a range of literacy activities and resources to hundreds of schools. The trial will explore which are most effective at raising the attainment of Key Stage 2 pupils.

Schools are being asked to sign up to this major new initiative, overseen by NFER and involving a number of high profile education organisations including ResearchEd, Institute for Effective Education and Durham University (each delivering different “arms” of the “octopus”). Schools that participate will be randomly allocated to receive free support or materials via one of several different approaches, all designed to improve Key Stage 2 literacy by drawing on research evidence. Activities range from booklets and magazines outlining effective strategies, to more structured support through CPD sessions and online help. Some schools will be randomly allocated to the “control group”, a crucial part of the trial. These schools will be given resources once the study has finished.

The trial is part of a suite of projects being funded by the LSEF, EEF and Department for Education, all looking at how research evidence can be used by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Independent evaluation teams will write reports on each, so that  schools can be sure that the findings are not biased in favour of the delivery organisation.  We will be starting to publish the results of these studies in 2015.

To find out more about the Literacy Octopus trial, visit www.nfer.ac.uk/octopus. Schools can register their interest on that site, or contact Anneka Dawson (octopus@nfer.ac.uk or 01753 637218). Or if you want to know more about the EEF and using randomised controlled trials in education, look at our website or contact Eleanor Stringer at eleanor.stringer@eefoundation.org.uk

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