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Evaluating the Impact of Out-of-School Programmes for Able and Gifted Pupils: Issues Arising from Investigation in England

Mike Lambert.

In the last few years many initiatives to promote learning for school pupils of higher ability have been developed in England. One has been the growth of ‘advanced learning centres’ - out-of-school programmes for primary or secondary-aged pupils. Evaluating the impact on learning of such short-term projects can be problematical. A three-year national evaluation of these advanced learning centres is now underway. The paper presents the developing methodology of this investigation and some initial findings. It discusses issues and implications for evaluation of the impact of short-term, out-of-school programmes in this field.


Mike Lambert  (United Kingdom)
Principal Lecturer
School of Education
University of Wolverhampton

Mike Lambert, B.Ed, M.Ed, is Principal Lecturer in teacher training at the School of Education of the University of Wolverhampton, England, also Director of the School’s Regional Primary Centre, working on best-practice projects with primary schools in the region. Professional interests include special needs education and future developments in teaching and learning.

  • Evaluation
  • Out-of-school
  • Able and gifted
  • School pupils
  • England

(30 min Conference Paper, English)