![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/9f0a0ec7-29d2-4b0c-ab7a-163d8d9f690b/97c98cb7-95ff-4302-bae1-abb2a32d30d7BlackpoolandOldham.jpg "Blackpool and Oldham") In 2017, Learning by Questions [recruited 50 schools across the country to trial LbQ](https://www.lbq.org/Areas/Default/Content/Default/Document/LbQ%20Feedback%2050%20Concluding%20Report.pdf) in the classroom. The findings were fantastic, showing LbQ has the potential to reduce workload and improve academic progress. Following on from the great feedback Learning by Questions had from the project, in January we recruited 27 schools and 900 pupils in Oldham and Blackpool to take part in an independent evaluation of Learning by Questions to be carried out by Liverpool John Moores University. Blackpool and Oldham have been recognised by the government as [‘Social mobility and opportunity areas,’ ](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-mobility-and-opportunity-areas)making them perfect places for LbQ to really make a difference to outcomes for pupils. [Professor D. Putwain](https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/staff-profiles/faculty-of-education-health-and-community/school-of-education/david-putwain) and [Dr P. Wood](https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/staff-profiles/faculty-of-education-health-and-community/school-of-education/peter-wood) of the Liverpool John Moores School of Education are the independent evaluators who will ensure the efficacy of the evaluation. They will investigate the support that Learning by Questions provides for both teachers and students in reasoning and problem solving in maths. Teachers taking part in the study will run maths Question Sets with year 5 pupils 3 or 4 times a week over a period of six months. Data was initially collected from a baseline test in January and follow up tests will be gathered in July. As well as this quantitative data, Professor Putwain and Dr Wood will also collate qualitative data to reveal any other changes in the teaching and learning of maths for both teachers and students. We’re so excited to have the support of Liverpool John Moores University and Professor Putwain and Dr Wood and would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their help so far. We look forward to sharing the results of this evaluation with our supporters in August 2019.