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New report launched on effectiveness of schools texting parents


The Centre has launched the findings of new study evaluating effectiveness of schools programme that seeks to engage parents by keeping them up to date on their child's education through texts.

On 15 July 2016, a new Education Endowment Fund (EEF) report - by Dr Sarah Miller, Dr Jenny Davison and colleagues - was launched. The RCT evaluation which involved over 15,000 pupils in 36 secondary schools, found that helping parents to engage in their child’s learning by texting them about upcoming tests or homework deadlines can boost pupils’ maths results by the equivalent of an extra month in the classroom. The programme was also shown to reduce absenteeism, however there was no effect of the programme in relation to English or science outcomes. The executive summary and full report can be found here.

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