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Research Trial of English Mastery

Join a new trial to assess the impact of English Mastery, our fully resourced curriculum and professional development programme, on educational outcomes.

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Be part of academic research in the making​

Schools across England are invited to get involved in this exciting education research opportunity in partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation.

During the trial, half of the schools will use English Mastery with their Year 7 and 8 students for two academic years, and half will continue to teach without the programme.

For those using English Mastery, we’ll provide professional development throughout, to help you get the most out of the programme.

There's not much time left to get involved. Set up a call with our team today to find out more.

What is English Mastery?

Based on the stories that shaped the world, English Mastery provides a fully resourced curriculum, including integrated training and all resources to help you get the most from your English students.

Targeting subject enjoyment and understanding, English Mastery has been proven to meaningfully improve student outcomes.

Joining the Research Trial offers you the potential to access English Mastery at a significantly subsidised cost, providing excellent value for your school. Along with access to the resources, your teachers benefit from personalised training and coaching support designed to build their teaching skills and confidence.

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What is English Mastery?

Based on the stories that shaped the world, English Mastery provides a fully resourced curriculum, including integrated training and all resources to help you get the most from your English students.

Targeting subject enjoyment and understanding, English Mastery has been proven to meaningfully improve student outcomes.

Joining the Research Trial offers you the potential to access English Mastery at a significantly subsidised cost, providing excellent value for your school. Along with access to the resources, your teachers benefit from personalised training and coaching support designed to build their teaching skills and confidence.

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‘There’s lots of reading but we’re loving it. We’re finding students’ vocabulary and knowledge has widened massively.’

— Gary Vessey, Castleford Academy, Wakefield

(Read case study)

‘English Mastery has helped our teachers to become more skilful in formative assessment.’

— Phillip Chater, Landau Forte Academy QEMS, Tamworth

(Read case study)

‘There’s lots of reading but we’re loving it. We’re finding students’ vocabulary and knowledge has widened massively.’

— Gary Vessey, Castleford Academy, Wakefield

(Read case study)

‘English Mastery has helped our teachers to become more skilful in formative assessment.’

— Phillip Chater, Landau Forte Academy QEMS, Tamworth

(Read case study)

Teachers believe English Mastery makes a difference

Teachers who used English Mastery in our EEF 2019 Research Trial said they…


  • felt more confident in their own delivery
  • thought that the programme helped their students
  • found it reduced their workload
  • would recommend it to other schools.

More about the trial​

The aim of the trial is to assess the impact of our knowledge-rich English curriculum on student outcomes across Years 7 and 8.​

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) helps schools access programmes shown to improve attainment. This EEF trial is being funding by the DfE as part of its strategy of supporting schools to adopt research-informed practices.

A team of researchers from Sheffield Hallam University will independently evaluate the results of the trial.​

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More about the trial​

The aim of the trial is to assess the impact of our knowledge-rich English curriculum on student outcomes across Years 7 and 8.​

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) helps schools access programmes shown to improve attainment. This EEF trial is being funding by the DfE as part of its strategy of supporting schools to adopt research-informed practices.

A team of researchers from Sheffield Hallam University will independently evaluate the results of the trial.​

Interested in taking part?

Sign up to the Research Trial for the potential of receiving:

Subsidised English Mastery

Full suite of curriculum resources

Comprehensive CPD support

Register your interest and we’ll be in touch with more information and to arrange a chat with you.​

Or arrange a meeting to speak with one of our team straightaway.

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Join a webinar to learn more about English Mastery and the research trial.

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Have questions?
Here are answers to some frequent queries.

What are the 50% of schools not using the the English Mastery programme using?

Control school groups will be continue with their Key Stage 3 English curriculum as usual, and can make any changes they wish. For example, they are free to purchase from an alternative supplier, adopt their trust's curriculum, develop their own programme, or continue with their existing provision.

How are schools in each group selected and what unites them?

The independent evaluator, Sheffield Hallam University, will be splitting schools into Treatment and Control groups. They will use a range of factors to ensure that the demographics of the two groups are similar.

What is the research trial comparing the English Mastery programme to?

The trial will be comparing English Mastery to what schools do 'normally', which includes a diverse range of approaches.

Still have questions? Book a meeting to speak with one of our team.