EEF in the news: Tough lessons to learn about how to improve literacy

TES reported on results from recent EEF trials.

"Three reading schemes – using coaching, free books and specialist teaching to bridge the gap between primary and secondary literacy levels – made no difference to children’s progress, with one even leaving students lagging behind their peers, research has shown.

The trials, which received £1 million of funding from the Education Endowment Foundation charity, also revealed the difficulty of coordinating help for struggling readers during the transition from primary to secondary.

This year, 33,444 pupils started secondary school in England with reading skills at level 3 – approximately two years behind the expected level. A further 27,870 children, including those with special educational needs, were at an even lower level."

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