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Major research grant awarded to CEE to evaluate early intervention using phonics to develop reading

photograph of a trainee teacher helping a primary school child with their reading.

The Centre for Effective Education (CEE) and Ruth Miskin Training will team up to examine the impact of two systematic phonics-based literacy programmes.

The project is an early intervention reading project using phonics to develop reading in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in schools in England. It will involve a 120 school randomised controlled trail of ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics (KS1) & Fresh Start (KS2).

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a whole-school approach for early readers from reception to year two and for children in years three and four who are not yet accurate and speedy readers.

Fresh Start is a catch up programme for those children struggling to read at the end of primary school.

The project, which has been awarded a grant of £1,038,782 from the Educational Endownment Foundation, will work with 11,900 pupils in years one to six in 120 schools.

The project will be led by Professor Allen Thurston assisted by CEE members Dr Maria Cockerill and Dr Nicole Craig.