Evaluation of English Mastery Programme

Dear Parent/Carer,


RE: Evaluation of English Mastery Programme


The English department at Ninestiles School is participating in a study evaluating the

English Mastery programme. English Mastery is a comprehensive programme which aims to improve progress and skills in English. The evaluation study is being funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and is being carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), an independent research agency.


As part of this evaluation, half of the schools participating in the study have been randomly chosen to follow the English Mastery curriculum. The other half will continue with usual English teaching. NatCen will conduct research to compare Year 8 achievement in both groups to understand whether English Mastery improves students’ progress in English.


In order to compare students’ progress across the schools, NatCen will conduct the following activities:



The data will be kept confidential, in accordance with the General Data Protection
Regulation. Information provided will be shared securely with a small group of researchers at NatCen. NatCen will publish a report at the end of the evaluation. Only group-level results of the programme evaluation will be discussed in the report – your child’s name and the name of the school will not be used.


For this study, NatCen is the data controller and the legal basis for this research is
“legitimate interest”. All personal information, and any other data held on the project, will be securely deleted within six months of the project’s completion in 2024. Once your child’s information is included in the data set, the data will be anonymised, and it will not be possible to identify them.


At the end of the project, data will be submitted to the EEF’s Data Archive which is managed by the Fisher Family Trust (FFT). At this point, EEF will be data controller and FFT will be data processors. The evaluation data will also be linked with information about the students from the National Pupil Database (NPD), Department for Education, the EEF’s archive manager and, in an anonymised form, with the Office for National Statistics, the UK Data Archive, and potentially other research teams.

Please see the Privacy Notice for more information about how we will hold your child’s data:

If you would like more information about this project, you can contact the research team at NatCen using the email address below.



You have the right to express the wish for NatCen not to obtain information about your child from Ninestiles, including their name, date of birth and Unique Pupil Number. If you do not want your us to share your child’s information with the evaluators and do not wish for your child to take part in the project evaluation, please contact school on the email address below, stating that you do not want your child to take part in the evaluation of the English Mastery programme, including all of the research activities outlined.

If you are happy with everything in this letter you do not need to do anything.


Yours sincerely,


Valdeep Gill
Research Director
NatCen Social Research


If you wish your child’s information to be withdrawn from the study please email by Friday 26th June 2020.