Research Projects on Education

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    Examining the quality of career guidance in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

    21 Jul 2020

    Surveying 54 secondary schools and colleges and interviewing 10 career guidance service providers, researchers produced a comprehensive picture of how career guidance is provided in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and how these services meet the needs of children and young people.

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    Case studies examine ECE interventions at scale

    27 May 2020

    Researchers are developing case studies on ‘what works’ in operating early childhood education at scale, ensuring they are systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use.

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    Early language intervention shows promise

    06 May 2020

    A randomised controlled trial into the effectiveness of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention found that it appeared to have a positive impact on children’s language skills and that training and support for staff also had a positive effect on children.

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    Developing the OECD TALIS Starting Strong Survey

    12 Dec 2019

    RAND Europe led the development of a survey for the OECD which aimed to fill key international and national data gaps on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff, their professional development, pedagogical practices, the ECEC environment and the impact that staff can have on children in their care.

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    Scenarios help explore the future of education and youth in the EU

    25 Oct 2019

    Researchers developed a set of scenarios to explore the future of education and youth in the EU, and found that personalised learning policies could be helpful across all scenarios if funded sufficiently and targeted appropriately. Supporting and reinforcing the teaching profession is also key.

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    Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    01 Oct 2019

    A partnership of primary schools in Lincolnshire developed an intervention that seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. However, an efficacy trial and associated process evaluation of the intervention found that it does not improve pupil outcomes.

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    Understanding the impact of peer-assisted learning strategies

    30 Apr 2019

    RAND Europe is evaluating the impacts of peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) in England. The evaluation will seek to understand the impact of PALS on reading attainment for both strong and weak readers and will assess how effectively the intervention is implemented.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    12 Apr 2019

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions. Researchers are evaluating how the group interventions influence language skills in children whose parents are randomly assigned to the intervention.

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    Developing tools to assess research evidence for policymakers and practitioners

    01 Mar 2019

    Researchers developed recommendations for the College of Policing and the Education Endowment Foundation on how to assess evidence from research studies and make evidence-informed recommendations for practitioners and policymakers.

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    Evaluating Primary Science Quality Mark

    21 Dec 2018

    A randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of PSQM aims to understand the impact of the intervention on pupils and teachers. The study will also examine how the intervention is implemented.

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    Evaluating the impact of a program to promote early childhood development

    20 Nov 2018

    RAND Europe is undertaking a three-year independent evaluation of the impact of a philanthropic ECD programme in France. Researchers will assess the extent to which the programme-level objectives have been achieved, and understand how and why they were achieved.

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    Evaluating 'Aspire to STEM'

    14 Aug 2018

    Researchers are evaluating an intervention aimed at improving STEM teaching and learning in UK schools in disadvantaged areas. The project aims to understand what impact the intervention has on children’s learning and teacher retention.

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    Teaching, pedagogy and practice in early years childcare

    08 Aug 2018

    Disadvantaged children in England are more likely to fall behind academically, so researchers identified the knowledge gaps concerning effective early years practice. As most of the available data comes from the US, more UK research is needed.

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    Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    23 Jul 2018

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers analysed the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provided four actionable policy recommendations as well as advice for implementing improvements.

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    Economic evaluation of the MCR Pathways PSP initiative

    16 Mar 2018

    Using data from ScotCen's evaluation of the MCR Pathways mentoring programme, RAND Europe is conducting a cost-benefit analysis to determine the economic value accruing from MCR participants' achievement of educational outcomes.

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    Exploring Why an Incentivised Pay Study Failed to Recruit Enough Teachers

    05 Feb 2018

    Researchers tried to conduct a randomised control trial to understand whether UK teachers could be motivated with incentivised pay and coaching, but they failed to recruit enough participants. To help future studies, they changed their research to explore why the recruitment effort failed.

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    Delaying U.S. School Start Times Would Have Large Benefits

    30 Aug 2017

    An economic analysis shows that delaying U.S. high school start times is a cost-effective, population-level strategy that could have a significant, positive impact on public health and the U.S. economy.

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    Mapping MOOCs4Inclusion

    28 Apr 2017

    As part of the MOOCs4Inclusion research team, RAND Europe contributed to a literature review to identify recent research on the use of free digital learning by migrants and refugees in the EU and neighbouring countries.

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    Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Cambridgeshire

    20 Mar 2017

    Teacher shortages could be a real and imminent threat in Cambridgeshire unless more new secondary school teachers are attracted and retained. The region should explore the association between teachers’ working and living conditions, why not enough teachers are attracted to work in Cambridgeshire and why teachers are leaving the profession.

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    Accounting for Missing Data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

    09 Jan 2017

    The Department for Education commissioned RAND Europe to provide a statistically robust, unbiased, and consistent approach to account for missing Key Stage 2 data in the LSYPE2 cohort. The final report balances the need for practical solutions for analysts with the desire to exhaustively explore options for dealing with the missing data.