Celebrating the centenary of the education RCT

As preparations get under way to mark the 100th anniversary of the first education RCT, Ben Styles and Carole Torgerson look back at the history of the ‘gold standard’ of pedagogical research and consider the vital role teachers have to play in securing its future

Celebrating the centenary of education RCT

Part of being a researcher is accepting that your mountain is very often someone else’s molehill. So the willingness of schools to contribute to research in education is striking. To date, more than half of schools across England have taken part in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the impact of educational interventions on pupil outcomes.

However, in spite of the unwavering support from the teaching profession, misconceptions and confusions surrounding these trials still exist. Something we used to hear a lot of in the early trials we ran was disappointment from schools ...

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