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Durham University

School of Education

Research Projects

CUREE Response to Intervention

A research project of the School of Education.


RTI is a school-wide multi-tier programme that measures pupils’ response to research-based instruction. The model works in two ways. One is problem-solving by identifying the individual needs of the pupils and tailoring instruction based on these needs. Another way is the use of a standard treatment protocol which is administered to struggling pupils to prevent failure. RTI is delivered in three tiers of increasingly intense instruction. Here RTI was being offered to Year 6 pupils eligible from schools with high levels of free school meals, who do not achieve Level 4 English at Key Stage 2 (KS2). The project started in January 2013 with the training of the Achievement Coaches and the School Champions, and pre-testing. The intervention took place in the last few weeks of the summer term 2013 in 29 primary schools across England. Another 31 schools made up the control. A total of 517 pupils were identified as eligible and who received the intervention. Outcome measures were gains scores in the New Group Reading Test and post-test comparisons of the Progress in English Test.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Curee (achieve For All) (£46204.09 from Education Endowment Foundation)


The programme is now completed and impact evaluation is underway. Final report is expected in early 2014.


From the School of Education