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Stop and Think: Learning Counterintuitive Concepts

What is Stop & Think?

Stop & Think is a computer-assisted learning programme which uses quizzes and games to help pupils learn counterintuitive concepts in science and maths. For example, making the mistake of thinking that -5 is larger than -1.

We are currently recruiting primary schools for a study of the programme, which will run in the 2022-23 school year and involves years 3 and 5. 

In a previous Education Endowment Foundation study, pupils who received the programme made 2 months’ additional progress in science and 1 month’s additional progress in maths.

How it works

The programme consists of 30 sessions lasting 15 minutes each over 10 weeks and can be easily integrated into regular maths and science teaching. 

The programme will be evaluated using a randomised controlled trial. This means that either year 3 or year 5 at each school will be randomly selected to receive the programme. The other year group will be taught as normal. 

Participation is free and all costs will be covered by the research team. The study will run for 10 weeks from January 2023 to May 2023. 

How to get involved

If you would like to sign your school up for Stop & Think, email us at

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