Perry Beeches Coaching Programme: Evaluation report and executive summary

The Perry Beeches Coaching Programme aimed to improve the reading and writing skills of Year 7 pupils with low levels of attainment in four English secondary schools. Across the project, 16 coaches were employed to provide academic support to pupils who had not reached level 4c in English at the end of Key Stage 2. Originally it had been intended that pupils would only receive one to one support, and that all coaches would be graduates. However, in practice pupils received a range of targeted support that varied between schools and most, but not all, coaches were graduates. The programme built on a successful pilot in Perry Beeches Academy in Birmingham, and the school co-ordinated the project across participating schools. The approach was based on a one to one coaching programme used in Match Charter School in Boston, USA. This project sought to assess the impact of the programme on the academic outcomes of 186 students who were offered support during the 2013–2014 school year. The study was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation as one of 24 projects in a themed round on literacy catch-up at the primary–secondary transition. Projects funded within this round aimed to identify effective ways to support pupils not achieving level 4 in English at the end of Key Stage 2.
Authors citation
Lord, P., Bradshaw, S., Stevens, E., & Styles, B.
Publication
London: Education Endowment Foundation
Year of Study
2015
Subject
Literacy
Program Name
Perry Beeches Coaching Programme
Program Evaluated
Perry Beeches Coaching Programme
Tutor Type
Academic Coach
Duration
1 year
Sample size
291
Grade Level(s)
7th Grade
Student-Tutor Ratio
1
Effect Size
0.36
Study Design
Student Randomized
Full citation
Lord, P., Bradshaw, S., Stevens, E., & Styles, B. (2015). Perry Beeches Coaching Programme: Evaluation report and executive summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation.