Current Projects

Collaborative projects - GwE and Bangor University (CIEREI)
Completed

Academic year / duration Project title Focus Number Schools, pupils and teaching staff Design
2014-15
1 year
Conwy-Gwynedd: Headsprout Reading Pilot Project Early reading skills / Headsprout Early Reading Programme 9 primary schools /
100 pupils
One group Pre-post non-random
2015-16
18 months
Denbighshire-Conwy Headsprout Reading Pilot Project Catch up-reading Headsprout Early Reading Programme and Reading comprehension 11 primary schools /
61 pupils
One group Pre-post non-random
2015-16
1 year
North Wales Online Reading Trial Study (NorthWORTS) Early reading skills / Headsprout Early Reading Programme.
Evaluating the impact of implementation support.
22 primary schools / 269 pupils Cluster-randomised control design – 11 schools randomised to standard support;
11 randomised to implementation support
2016-17
1 year
Conwy NorthWORTS-Supporting Parents Project Train the trainer – Parents deliver catch up-reading / Headsprout Early Reading Programme 24 primary schools / 112 pupils
112 families
Cluster-randomised control design – 13 schools randomised to standard support
11 randomised to implementation support
2016-17
1 year
Ysgol Clawdd Offa
SuccessMaker evaluation
Online reading programme 1 school/40 pupils One intervention and one matched control group. Pre-post non-random
2015-17
2 years
GwE–ERW Educational Attainment and Poverty in Rural Wales project (REAP formerly TAG) Evaluating the features associated with rural poverty and attainment. Related artcle. Schools across GwE/ERW:
8 focus interviews plus questionnaires with 107 schools (head teachers) plus active rapid-response questionnaires with 140 primary and secondary school children/young people
Mixed methods

Current Collaborative Projects – GwE & Bangor University

March 2017
1 year
GwE Evaluation project Evaluation of the GwE secondary challenge and support programmes All GwE secondary schools.
Participants on the middle leadership programme.
Mixed methods
2017
6 months
PISA Science rapid review Evaluating teaching methods in higher attaining PISA schools 6 secondary schools in Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy Mixed methods
2017-18
1 year
North Wales Online Reading Trial Study- Trans Regional Implementation Project (NorthWORTS-TRIP) Early reading skills / Headsprout Early Reading Programme.
Regional implementation.
25 primary schools One group Pre-post non-random
2017-2020
3 years
SAFMEDS-GwE
ESRC PhD studentship
‘Evaluating SAFMEDS numeracy intervention in to improve outcomes for at risk pupils’
Evaluating the impact of implementation support. 65 primary schools
650 pupils
Cluster-randomised control design – 30 schools randomised to standard support
30 randomised to implementation support
2017-2020
3 years
KESS-GwE PhD studentship ‘Using Education economics to evaluate the impact of strategic school improvement programmes’ Using Education economics to evaluate the impact of strategic literacy and numeracy programmes To be confirmed in October 2017 Mixed methods
2017-20
3 years
iWaB-RLC
Cluster PhD project
‘Improving Wellbeing and Behaviour in the Rhyl Learning community’
Improving Wellbeing and Behaviour in the Rhyl Learning community 10 schools Mixed methods including randomised control design study.
2018-21
3 years
iStER-GwE PhD project
(Improving Standards Through Effective Revision)
Evaluating the impact of evidence-based revision strategies in KS4
Evaluating the impact of implementation support. Rapid review of evidence-based revision strategies and teacher-pupil survey followed by experimental study of promising strategies
2018-2021
3 years
Readiness for Learning (R4L) and Wellbeing Project Improving Wellbeing and Behaviour through improved strategies to develop learners’ Readiness for Learning. 7 schools 18-19
A further 5 schools by 2021.
Mixed methods including three control schools being involved to provide comparative data.