Primary education


Aims and findings of study 2 in primary education

Effectiveness of the programmes

Study 2 consists of a quantitative analysis of the effects of the catch-up and support programmes on learning outcomes, using data from the Dutch National Cohort Study on Education (NCO). The NCO makes it possible to conduct robust educational research with a minimum effort on the part of schools, and consists of data from all primary and secondary schools in the Netherlands (with the exception of the Caribbean islands).

Starting in the school year 2020/2021, data on pupils’ progress (from the schools’ learning management systems or LMS) will be added to the NCO, once consent is obtained from the schools. We will ask every school that receives a subsidy in rounds 1 and 2 of the funding programme to provide consent, and to indicate in the LMS which pupils are taking part in the catch-up and support programmes. We will then link the information from the analysis of programmes in study 1 to individual student data to determine the effects of the programmes. We will send participating schools a summary of the effectiveness of the support programmes being implemented in their school.

Other studies in primary education


Study 1

Analysis of applications

A document analysis and interviews about the type of intervention and effective elements.

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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.


Do you have any questions about the research? Contact us for a general questions or ask the research team.


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