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Premier League Reading Stars Wales Evaluation Report 2015/16

This report outlines findings from an independent evaluation of Premier League Reading Stars (PLRS) by Coventry University. This evaluation focuses on findings made on our activities in Wales and is based on 159 children who completed a questionnaire (which captured data on their reading motivation, reading attitudes, reading frequency and enjoyment of reading), and 160 children who completed a standardized assessment of their reading ability before and after the delivery of PLRSC. Some of these children and deliverers also participated in interviews and focus group discussions, which serve to contextualize these results.

Findings from this evaluation show that:

  • Children who took part in PLRSC showed significantly greater improvement in reading enjoyment compared to children who did not. 
  • Children who took part in PLRSC showed significantly greater improvement in various forms of reading motivation compared to children who did not. 
  • Children who took part in PLRSC showed significantly greater improvement in reading motivation compared to children who did not. 
  • Children who took part in PLRSC showed significantly greater improvement in standardised reading scores compared to children who did not. 
  • The more confident the PLRSC deliverer was, the greater the improvement in the children’s standardised reading scores was. 
  • The longer the PLRSC sessions were, the more the pupils improved on a range of reading-related measures 
  • Schools that had previously run PLRSC had better pupil outcomes than those who had not. 
  • Children whose school had received previous contact with clubs showed better growth in reading ability compared to those children whose school had not. 
  • Professionals who delivered PLRSC were primarily motivated to run it because they wanted to impact children’s motivation to read, and their perception was that it positively impacted the motivation, reading ability, and reading attitudes of the children who participated.

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A Welsh translation of the report is also available as is a report that focuses on our activities delivered in England over the same time period. 

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