Education Endowment Foundation project trial

Please note applications are now closed for this trial. If you are interested in finding out more about plans for next steps please email schools@literacytrust.org.uk.

Programme overview

The project is a randomised, controlled trial of children in Year 1 classrooms running in the academic year 2018-19. Participating schools are allocated to one of three groups:

  • an ICT based reading programme of small group reading activities
  • a non-ICT based version of the programme of small group reading activities
  • a third group will not run the programme (the control group)

The reading programme contains 3 basic areas:

  • decoding (e.g. phonics, including blending, letter sounds, decoding, sight words)
  • fluency (e.g. reading prose, reading with proper intonation)
  • comprehension (e.g. summarising, comprehension monitoring, prediction, etc)

The programme is delivered in 15 minute sessions, 4 times a week to each group, for 20 weeks over one academic year