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The National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) has carried out four national evaluations of Playing for Success.  All four evaluations have shown that PfS is reaching its target group and having a significant impact on the pupils attending.

The fourth national independent evaluation was published on 30 April 2003 and the findings were announced by the Secretary of State, Charles Clarke at the official opening of the Playing for Success Centres at Burnley Football Club and Preston North End Football Club.  Key findings from the fourth evaluation are: 

·        on average primary pupils improved their numeracy scores by  on average of 17 months, and secondary by 24 months

·        whilst primary pupils' reading comprehension did not quite reach statistical significance, secondary pupils' performance improved by 8 months

·        pupils ICT skills improved significantly

·        pupils made significant progress in their independent study skills and self image, and parents and teachers noticed particular improvements in their attitudes to education

·        PfS reached its target group of underachieving pupils with improvements regardless of gender, deprivation, ethnicity or fluency in English.

For year five centres are evaluating within a self-evaluation framework, with  dedicated professional support.  Click on the links below to find summaries of the Evaluation reports for the first, second, third and fourth year. 

Playing for Success: An Evaluation of the First Year
This is the report of the first Playing for Success evaluation. The evaluation gathered information during 1998-99 from the first six study support centres.
Reference Code: RR167 Research Report (cost £4.95). 
RB167 Research Brief (free)

  Click icon to download/open research brief RB167

Playing for Success
: An Evaluation of the Second Year
This evaluation was carried out for the DfES by a team of researchers based at the National Foundation for Educational Research.  The team gathered information during 1999-2000 from 12 study support centres.
Reference Code: RR291 Research Report (cost £4.95). 
RB291 Research Brief (free). 
 
    Click icon to download/open research brief RB291
        Click icon to download/open research report RR291

Playing for Success: An Evaluation of the Third Year
The evaluation findings demonstrate that Playing for Success has built on the achievements of previous years and has continued to make a real impact on the educational standards of the pupils who attended the centres.
Reference Code: RR337 Research Report (cost £4.95). 
RB337 Research Brief (free)

    Click icon to download/open research brief RB337
    Click icon to download/open research report RR337

Playing for Success: An Evaluation of the Fourth Year
The evaluation findings demonstrate that Playing for Success is continuing to make a real impact on the pupils who attend.
Reference Code: RR402 Research Report (cost £4.95). 
RB402 Research Brief

    Click icon to download/open research brief RB402
    Click icon to download/open research report RR402

Research Briefs and Reports can also be accessed at
www.dfes.gov.uk/research/

Hard copies are also available from:
DfES Publications:
PO Box 5050
Sherwood Park
Annesley
Nottingham
NG15 0DJ
Tel: 0845 60 222 60
Fax: 0845 60 333 60
Email: dfes@prolog.uk.com

 

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