Project Description

Parental engagement intervention randomised control trial

Mind the Gap sought to improve the metacognition and academic attainment of pupils in Year 4. There were two aspects to the intervention: first, teachers were trained in how to embed metacognitive approaches in their work and how to involve parents and, second, a series of facilitated workshops where children and parents work together to create an animated film.  The project targeted schools in four areas of England and was evaluated using a randomised controlled trial, comparing the interventions to a ‘business-as-usual’ control group.


Dorsett, R., Rienzo, C., Rolfe, H., Burns, H., Robertson, B., Thorpe, B. and Wall, K. (2014) Mind the Gap.  Education Endowment Foundation report.  PDF


Education Endowment Foundation


Campaign for Learnings, University of Durham