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Premier League Reading Stars England Evaluation Report 2015/16

This report outlines findings from an independent evaluation of Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) by Coventry University. This evaluation focused on findings made in England and is based on 279 children who completed a questionnaire (which captured data on their reading motivation, reading attitudes, reading frequency and enjoyment of reading), and 261 children who completed a standardized assessment of their reading ability before and after the delivery of PLRS. Some of these children and deliverers also participated in interviews and focus group discussions, which serve to contextualize these results.

This report shows that:

  •  PLRS significantly improved the children’s reading confidence relative to controls.
  • Participation in PLRS significantly impacted the children’s motivation to read relative to controls.
  • Children who received PLRS via a Premier League Football club showed increased frequency of reading and significantly greater improvement in reading ability compared to children in the control group. 
  • Professionals who delivered PLRS were primarily motivated to run it because they wanted to impact children’s motivation to read, and their perception was that it positively impacted motivation, reading ability, and reading attitudes of their children. 
  • The more confident the deliverers were, the greater were their students’ gains in reading ability and feelings of competence in relation to reading. 
  • Male deliverers showed better student outcomes in relation to standardized reading scores, pupil autonomy and reading competence, but gender was also significantly associated with interest in football, and qualitative data suggest that interest in football may be more important than gender. 
  • The typical session duration was one hour, but sessions lasting longer than one hour showed the best pupil outcomes in relation to standardized reading scores, pupil autonomy and pupil confidence 

A separate report is available that outlines findings for our activities delivered in Wales over the same time period. 

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