The Ark UK English Mastery programme supports English teachers to deliver a knowledge-rich Key Stage 3 English curriculum
Ark UK English Mastery is an intervention that aims to improve attainment in English by enabling teachers to deliver a coherent and cumulative English experience for KS3 pupils. The Education Endowment Foundation have commissioned a team at the SIOE, led by Martin Culliney (PI) and Karen Daniels (co-PI) to independently evaluate English Mastery.
The project is underpinned by three pedagogical pillars:
accumulation of knowledge, discrete grammar teaching and Tier 2 vocabulary.
These pillars are delivered through an English curriculum with the following
strands: literary heritage, writing mastery and reading for pleasure. Teachers
will be provided with subject-specific training, curriculum materials and
ongoing in-school support. This two-year intervention will be delivered to Y7
students in English lessons starting in the 2022/23 academic year, continuing
through 2023/24 when they are in Y8. An in-school assessment at the end of the
programme will be used to measure pupil progress in English.
English Mastery will be evaluated through a clustered RCT design comprising two components:
an impact evaluation to determine how participation in English Mastery affects attainment in English
an implementation and process evaluation to understand the theory underpinning the intervention, how it is delivered and how it is experienced by teachers and pupils