Bridging the gap between research, teachers and EdTech

Free courses for teachers and EdTech 

Our mission is simple at WhatWorked, to bridge the gap between research, teachers and EdTech to advance learning. It will not be possible to build an evidence base for what works without supporting teachers to robustly test interventions in their classrooms.

In 2023, we have released the EdTech Standards of Evidence course to help provide teachers and EdTech companies with the knowledge and framework to engage critically with evidence. 

The interventions section of this website will link to the cumulative school evidence website launching in the summer 2023. At present, our pilot peer tutor programmes are available for schools to access. 

EdTech Pricing

At WhatWorked, we are working with EdTech providers to help develop their evidence base for impact. 

We love to talk about evidence and the occassional cup of coffee, so please drop us a message using the contact form below to schedule a 30 minute virtual call. 
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Frequently asked questions

Is it ethical to run experiments in schools?

We are often asked if it is ethical to withhold an intervention from children in schools, however we argue that it is unethical to implement an intervention if we do not know if this will work. It is crucial that we critically assess the interventions we implement in our classrooms, ensuring they are not only effective but also grounded in high-quality evidence. By embracing a rigorous approach to evaluating educational strategies, we can make informed decisions on which interventions to adopt and which to discard. The consequences of relying on ineffective interventions can be far-reaching, potentially stalling students' progress, wasting valuable resources, and inadvertently widening achievement gaps. By prioritising evidence-based practices, we can minimise these negative outcomes and contribute to the overall success of our students, schools, and communities.

If I sign up to test a free intervention, will WhatWorked complete the analysis?

Yes, if you decide to run the intervention as a mini-RCT or single group pre or post-test we will complete the analysis of your data for our free school programmes. However, as with all interventions on the WhatWorked website, you will need to register in advance of starting your programme for your analysis to be completed. This cannot be completed retrospectively.  

Do you need ethical approval for the mini-RCTs in your school?

All the data you submit is anonymised and ethical approval is granted at school level. We believe that until we know interventions work, it is not ethical to not test this robustly, or to check regularly that the interventions still work as intended. All mini-RCTs eventually provide the intervention to all students, this is just not at the same time.  
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