Classroom Talk, Social Disadvantage & Educational Attainment: raising standards, closing the gap
CPRT in collaboration with the University of York
Supported 2014-17 by the Educational Endowment Foundation
Professor Robin Alexander, Director and intervention lead (University of Cambridge and CPRT)
Professor Frank Hardman, Director and research lead (University of York)
Dr Jan Hardman, Discourse analysis lead (University of York)
Dr Taha Rajab, Research Fellow (University of York)
David Reedy, Schools Liasion Officer, pilot stage (CPRT and UKLA)
Mark Longmore, Schools Liaison Officer, trial stage (CPRT)
This large-scale project, a joint initiative of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust and the University of York, addresses CPRT Priorities 1 (equity), 6 (curriculum) and 7 (pedagogy). It builds on Robin Alexander’s work on dialogic teaching and on international research and aims to improve the quality of classroom talk as a means of increasing pupils’ engagement, learning and attainment in contexts of social disadvantage. In 2014-15 the project piloted a dialogic teaching professional development programme in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. During 2015-16 the revised version of this programme was subjected to randomised control trial in 72 schools in Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds. An independent evaluation, based on outcome measures for English, mathematics and science, has been understaken by a team from Sheffield Hallam University. The evaluation report was published in July 2017. EEF is currently considering a strategy for scaling up this successful intervention. Meanwhile, Robin Alexander is working on a new book on dialogic teaching, drawing both on this project and his other work on classroom talk. This will be published by Routledge in 2018.
THE RESULTS OF THE RANDOMISED CONTROL TRIAL HAVE NOW BEEN PUBLISHED
Headline finding: pupils who experienced just 20 weeks of dialogic teaching made, on average, two months more progress on standardised tests than those in the control group.
Read the CPRT news story
Read the University of York press release.
Read the independent evaluation report on the outcomes of the randomised control trial.
Read the project’s internal evaluation report on the interview and video data.