Re-analysis of education trials for children’s social care

Re-analysing 83 trials from the Education Endowment Foundation with a focus on what works for children in contact with children's social care


Data analysis / Setting up

Estimated completion

September 2020



Working with

Education Endowment Foundation

Delivered by

Education Endowment Foundation

Key Figures

The educational attainment of children who are referred to or in need of social care services is far below the national average, while the evidence base for improving the level for this cohort is sparse. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has conducted 83 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of school- or early years-based interventions since 2012, which presents an opportunity to add to that base without conceiving, running and analysing entirely new trials.

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care will therefore conduct a reanalysis of the results of these existing trials to explore whether the interventions trialed by the EEF are effective for children referred to or in need of social care services and, if so, whether these effects are different to those not referred to or in need of such services. Trials will be analysed individually, grouped by subject area and by ‘type’ of intervention, as defined by the EEF’s ‘Big Picture’ themes such as ‘Parental Engagement’ and ‘Developing Effective Learners’. Analysis will take place in the summer of 2019, with results likely to be published in the autumn.

The project uses data collected by the Educational Endowment Foundation linked to the National Pupil Database and Looked After Child and Child in Need censuses. Please see the privacy notice which gives more detail about how we use children and young people’s information. If you would like to submit a subject access request, rectify your data or request deletion of your data, please use the following form following form.

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