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Research Projects

Current School of Education projects  

Glasses in Classes

This ground-breaking project will look to increase the number of young children who need glasses to wear them, with the aim of improving their academic, social and emotional learning long-term.

In the UK, health services screen for vision problems in reception year and share results with parents, but not schools. Approximately 15% of students fail the screening and roughly a third do not obtain the glasses or the prescription needed. Even if a student does receive glasses, they may be broken, lost, or not worn in school.

The Glasses in Classes project involves the first ever UK study to test the impact of a school-based intervention to support the wearing of glasses in young children and measure subsequent improvement of the child’s academic achievement and health including vision.  

The vision screening results will be shared with schools, and staff will be trained to support students and their families to get glasses and encourage students to wear them, funding will also be provided for a second pair of glasses for students to keep at school.

This project is funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The implementation involves a collaboration between the NHS Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and the University of Leeds.

The evaluation of the intervention involves a rigorous 100 school randomised controlled trial study to examine the impact of the Glasses in Classes intervention on academic achievement and visual acuity. The evaluation will also examine whether the school-based intervention improved adherence to glasses wear. The process evaluation will examine whether the intervention was implemented as intended.

Project duration: 2018-20
Investigators: Roisin Corcoran - Principal Investigator, Michael Adkins, Sheila Evans, Zhe Liang
Funding body: Education Endowment Foundation
Further information: Project website


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