Primary education


Aims and findings of study 1 in primary education

Analysis of catch-up and support programmes

The first study will start with a document analysis of the applications for catch-up funding. This builds on the monitoring study that we conducted using a selection of applications from round 1. We will categorise the programmes according to type of intervention (extended school day, autumn school, etc.), why these are considered effective (duration, qualified teacher, etc), the intended target group and objective, and the context within which schools expect the interventions to have an effect.

Using a stratified sample of 500 schools, we will then further document the theory of change underlying the various programmes through semi-structured telephone interviews and a short online questionnaire that is to be completed by the contact person named in the application.

Other studies in primary education


Study 2

Quantitative analysis

A quantitative analysis of LMS-NCO data and a survey of the effectiveness on cognitive learning outcomes.

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Study 3

Qualitative case studies

Qualitative case studies to analyse the effective elements of the catch-up programmes.

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Study 4

Quantative evaluation

An online questionnaire for parents about the effects on the social-emotional development of their child.

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Throughout the research, we will work closely together with schools and other sector partners (Council for Primary Education, Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Ministry of Education) to share our research findings – where possible during implementation of the programmes. You can read the results of the studies here.

Proposal NRO

Would you like to view a copy of the research proposal (in Dutch) for these studies? Download it here.


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