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KEEP Teaching trial: implementation

The KEEP Teaching trial investigates the impact on teacher retention of an intervention to reduce workload for early career teachers. Here are some details that might be helpful for participants. Although recruitment for the main trial has now closed, physics early career teachers (ECTs) can still contribute to the research. Please register your interest to find out more.

What sort of trial is KEEP Teaching?

KEEP Teaching is a randomised controlled trial and an efficacy trial.

What is a randomised controlled trial?

A randomised controlled trial is a study in which a number of similar people are randomly assigned to two or more groups to test a specific intervention. One group has the intervention to be tested.

The other group (the control group) has an alternative intervention, a dummy intervention or no intervention.

In the case of KEEP Teaching, the control group receives no intervention. Outcomes are measured at specific times and any difference in response between the groups is assessed statistically.

Schools were assigned to different groups without taking any similarities or differences between them into account.

What is an efficacy trial?

An efficacy trial tests an intervention under developer-led “ideal” conditions. This means that schools will be given support by the IOP in implementing the allocated intervention.

What does the KEEP Teaching trial involve?

As the KEEP Teaching trial is a randomised controlled trial, it is important that we don’t share too many details about the intervention until the trial has been completed at the end of the 2021-22 academic year. This is to ensure the control group continues ‘business as usual’ and is not influenced by ideas implemented in the intervention groups.

How were schools selected?

All schools that registered interest and met the eligibility criteria were invited to join the trial. UCL randomly allocated schools to an intervention or control group.

To participate in the KEEP Teaching trial schools had to be:

  • non-selective;
  • teaching students aged 11-16 or 11-18; and
  • state schools in England.

Practical points

How will the £250 (incentive for taking part) be paid to my school?

This payment will be processed by the IOP and will be paid on receipt of an invoice from your school.

We will send you authorisation to raise the invoice when we receive confirmation from UCL that all your school paperwork has been completed at the end of the one-year trial period.

How will the £30 (incentive for taking part) be paid to the early career teacher (ECT)?

This payment will be processed by UCL.

ECTs who are part of the main KEEP Teaching trial will receive an automatic payment of £10 each time they complete a brief SMS survey asking if they are still working in the teaching profession and whether they are working in the same school.

The survey will take place on three occasions.

For example, the September 2019 cohort is being surveyed in:

  • September 2020
  • September 2021
  • September 2022

What happens if we need to withdraw from the trial?

The Memorandum of Understanding signed at the start of the trial confirms all parties’ commitment to engage with the trial for a year.

We understand that circumstances change, but the IOP would always work with schools to try to resolve any issues before they decided to withdraw.

The £250 payment will only be paid to schools that have remained engaged with the trial for a full academic year.

What happens if the early career teacher (ECT) leaves part way through the year?

Unfortunately if the ECT leaves, the school will be withdrawn from the trial.

The £250 payment is only paid to schools that have remained engaged with the trial for a full academic year.

How is the KEEP Teaching project funded?

KEEP Teaching is co-funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Wellcome Trust as part of the Science Teacher Retention grants round to address the chronic challenge of teacher retention.

The EEF is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement.

What other school support is available from the IOP?

To find out what support is available in your area, contact your IOP National or Regional Education Manager (REM). They work with a team of IOP coaches to support physics education, tailoring their approach to the needs of local schools.





Useful links

  • IOP Spark for unlimited access to over 200,000 free teaching resources
  • Talk Physics for a network of physics teachers and technicians

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