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Young Readers Programme Evaluation 2015 / 2016

Using data from 1,300 children and 74 teachers, this report highlights the positive impact that the Young Readers Programme has had on participating children in 2015/16. It shows that:

  • Children who took part in the Young Readers Programme read an increased range of reading materials at the end of the project
  • Children who took part in the Young Readers Programme showed improved attitudes towards reading. In particular, they believed that their own reading ability and book choice skills improved. 
  • Children who started the project not seeing themselves as good readers and not enjoying reading show particularly positive reading outcomes.  

These findings from the children’s voices are largely corroborated by their teachers. The following main findings came through our teacher survey, in which 74 teaching staff participated:

  • 100% of teachers observed that their pupils were pleased to have books of their own and that book ownership is a positive aspect of the programme
  • 93.1% said their pupils’ enjoyment of reading increased as a result of the programme
  • 92.1% noticed a positive change in their pupils’ reading attainment after the programme
  • 89.7% believed their pupils were more enthusiastic about reading after the programme than before
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