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Sean Demack, Professor Colin McCaig, Claire Wolstenholme

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Evaluation for the EEF of a coaching programme to support secondary school students

SIoE conducted the evaluation of this intervention by Impetus Private Equity Foundation designed to boost educational aspirations and attainment through the use of coaches working with young people in danger of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) after compulsory education.

The pilot involved four London secondary schools.  A small Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) and a range of qualitative methods aimed to determine whether a future large-scale evaluation was feasible and to provide initial estimates of whether ThinkForward led to an impact on GCSE scores, the likelihood of students continuing into post-compulsory education, and decreasing pupil absences.

The pilot found no evidence of impact.

Please visit the EEF's ThinkForward pages to find out more.


EEF - Education Endowment Foundation

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