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Our research aims to improve literacy attitudes, habits and skills by informing policy and practice. We use a variety of approaches. Our extensive survey work provides a platform for the views of children, young people, their parents and literacy practitioners. We also conduct literature reviews that provide evidence of effective practices, and evaluate the impact of our own projects.

Source Description Date

  • Christina Clark  Children's and Young People's Reading in 2014
    This report outlines findings about children’s and young people’s reading from our fifth annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2014. 32,026 children and young people aged eight to 18 participated.
    20 May 2015
  • OPM  Early Words Together Final Report: Local authority evaluation
    OPM were appointed to consider the impact on children’s centre practice, referral working, and the role of volunteers. Findings show that the programme has been embraced as a new vehicle for supporting families to build better home learning environments.
    31 Mar 2015
  • Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University  Early Words Together Final Report: Impact on families and children
    The evaluation has shown that, from 2013-15, Early Words Together significantly improved children’s understanding of spoken language, increased their enjoyment of literacy behaviours and enhanced their home learning environments
    24 Mar 2015
  • National Literacy Trust  Oxfordshire Reading Campaign final evaluation report
    In 2012, Oxfordshire County Council commissioned the National Literacy Trust to deliver the Oxfordshire Reading Campaign, a two-year programme that aimed to improve reading skills and engagement among Key Stage 1 children in the county’s primary schools.
    24 Mar 2015
  • Clemence Pabion  Premier League Reading Stars 2013/14 Evaluation Report
    In 2013/14, 888 children participated in our evaluation. Children who participated in PLRS increased their reading skill, changed their reading behaviours and thought more positively about reading.
    12 Jan 2015
  • Christina Clark  Children’s and Young People’s Writing in 2013
    This report outlines findings that relate to writing, taken from our fourth annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2013. 29,422 children and young people aged 8 to 16 participated.
    18 Dec 2014
  • Susie Formby  Children’s early literacy practices at home and in early years settings: Second annual survey of parents and practitioners
    This report outlines findings from Pearson and the National Literacy Trust’s second annual early years literacy survey, conducted in 2014. 1,012 parents of children aged 3 to 5 and 567 early years practitioners participated.
    1 Dec 2014
  • Christina Clark  The Reading Lives of 8 to 11-year-olds in Scotland: 2005 - 2013
    Commissioned by Save the Children to help support the launch of the Read On. Get On. campaign in Scotland, this report focuses on 1,042 children aged 8 to 11 living in Scotland and their enjoyment of reading, reading behaviour and attitudes towards readin
    17 Nov 2014
  • Christina Clark  Accelerated Reader and Young People's Reading in 2013
    This second report for Renaissance Learning corroborates findings from last year. It shows that pupils who use Accelerated Reader (AR) enjoy reading more, read more often and think more positively about reading than their peers not using AR
    13 Nov 2014
  • National Literacy Trust  Literacy: State of the Nation
    Drawing on existing published statistics, Literacy: State of the Nation provides a coherent picture of literacy levels in the UK today.
    10 Nov 2014

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