Project X CODE


Project X CODE is a proven reading intervention that combines systematic synthetic phonics and comprehension development to accelerate struggling readers’ progress. At the heart of the programme is a series of inclusive, motivational character adventure books, detailed session notes, and tools to track and assess progress.

Who is it for?

CODE is aimed at children in Years 2 to 4/P3 to 5 – and beyond – who have experienced a phonics programme but are falling behind in reading. The intervention sessions can be delivered by teaching assistants to groups of three or four, pairs or individuals.

How does it work?

The CODE online subscription supports and enhances the programme, providing eBooks and quizzes (which can be accessed by children at home and at school), animations, and comprehensive programme training which staff can self-access at a time that’s convenient for them.

Project X CODE has been proven to improve children’s reading: data from 63 schools and 800 pupils who took part in the Project X CODE intervention as part of the National Literacy Trust Oxford Reading Campaign showed that:

  • Pupils made an average reading-age gain of 13 months after four months on Project X CODE
  • 95% of children taking part reported that they liked reading more than before

This is what children, teaching assistants and parents say about Project X CODE:

The children were extremely enthralled with the stories. It was hard to stop them reading on. There was a real sense of pride and excitement in their reading.

Teaching assistant, Stakes Hill Infant School, Hampshire

I think I have got better and better and better. I can remember my sounds better and my spelling is getting better too. I love reading now.

Mehmet, 7, Monkspath Junior and Infant School, Solihull

Never have I seen him so interested in reading.

Father, Shute County Primary School, Devon

How to access Project X Code

Subscribed members of the National Literacy Trust can receive 20% off the Project X CODE Super Easy-Buy Pack (usually £1,676) and Project X CODE Online (usually £250 + VAT per year) until 31 December 2021. Visit our partner discounts page to obtain your discount code.

To purchase resources, please visit the Project X CODE series page.