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Education Endowment Foundation

The aim of these evaluations is to make sure the Government has good quality evidence about what education programmes really do improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, and to find out what it would take to roll out these programmes on a national scale.

We're carrying out evaluations using randomised controlled trials to measure what difference taking part in specific programmes have on children’s attainment in literacy or maths.

These trials are similar to medical trials where one group of patients get a drug and another group a placebo.

We're testing all the children at the start in maths or literacy and then dividing them randomly into groups – some go into the  programme and some don’t.

We then test all the children at the end of the programme to see if there's any difference in improvement between those that have done the programme and those that haven’t.

By comparing their scores we can see if the programme has had an effect.

We're also carrying out process evaluations in schools to see how they implemented the programmes, why there might be any differences in pupils’ outcomes and to identify lessons learnt for any future larger scale implementation