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The Bug Club Randomised Control Trial


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The Bug Club Randomised Control Trial is a large scale research study looking into the impact of Bug Club on literacy attainment for 1,510 pupils. The study was carried out from January 2015 to July 2016 to understand the impact of the Bug Club programme on pupils’ literacy attainment.

1510 pupils in 36 schools are participating, where one group of pupils and schools use Bug Club and the other group do not.

The study was being conducted by leading academics from UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in partnership with the Pearson UK Research team.

The study used external standardised assessments, developed independently by the University of Durham, to measure pupils’ progress and the impact of Bug Club. Additionally, qualitative data was being collected to supplement the findings through regular teacher diaries, questionnaires and interviews with teachers, pupils and parents. 

Read a summary of the findings.


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