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Using Research Tools to Improve Language in the Early Years: Evaluation report and executive summary

Wright, H; Carr, D; Wiese, J; Stokes, L; Runge, J; Dorsett, R; Heal, J; + view all (2020) Using Research Tools to Improve Language in the Early Years: Evaluation report and executive summary. Education Endowment Foundation: London, UK. Green open access

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The URLEY programme—Using Research Tools to Improve Language in the Early Years—trains teachers to improve children’s language and social-behavioural outcomes in nursery and reception year (ages 3 to 5). Early years teachers take part in five-day-long professional development workshops in which they are introduced to a set of evidence-based language learning principles, taught how to use research tools (primarily the Environment Rating Scales, ‘ERS’) to assess their practice, and provided with strategies for refining practice. Mentors supported teachers to implement the approach in their schools using face-to-face and distance (skype/phone) sessions. A follow-up workshop in the third term was offered to review progress, consolidate learning, and plan next steps. One hundred and twenty primary schools from the West Midlands, Liverpool, and Manchester participated in this efficacy trial from October 2016 to July 2018; 1,978 children were included in the evaluation. The programme was evaluated using a randomised controlled trial, testing the impact of the URLEY programme on children’s language development over two years—compared to business as usual in control schools—using a composite language assessment. Children’s social-behavioural development and the quality of practice in the participating settings were also assessed. The intervention was developed and delivered by a team from Oxford University, University College London (UCL) Institute of Education, and A+ Education. Interviews, case studies, and a survey were conducted to explore how the programme was implemented and to obtain feedback from participants.

Type: Report
Title: Using Research Tools to Improve Language in the Early Years: Evaluation report and executive summary
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/educat...
Language: English
Additional information: You may re-use this document/publication (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092530
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