At the EEF, we believe the best way to break the link between family income and educational attainment is through better use of evidence: looking at what has – and has not – worked in the past can put us in a much better place to judge what is likely to work in the future.

But it can be difficult to know where to start. There are thousands of studies of primary literacy teaching out there, most of which are presented in academic papers and journals. Teachers are inundated with information about programmes and training courses, all of which make claims about impact. How can anyone know which findings are the most robust, reliable and relevant to their school and pupils?

This is why we are producing guidance reports as the foundation of the campaign. They offer practical evidence-based recommendations – which are relevant to all pupils and particularly to those struggling with their literacy. To develop the recommendations, we review the best available international research and consult experts to arrive at key principles for effective literacy teaching.

Our first guidance report broadly concerns the teaching of literacy to pupils between the ages of five and seven. However, it may also be applicable to older pupils who have fallen behind their peers, or younger pupils who are making rapid progress. Two additional reports will cover the typical requirements of teaching literacy in the early years (ages 3-5) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), and will be released in 2017.

We recognise that effective implementation of these recommendations – such that they make a real impact on children – is both critical and challenging. Therefore, EEF is working with advocates to support schools. As part of their work advocates and schools will create resources such as audit tools that will help other schools to implement the recommendations and these resources will build up over the campaign and be available through our website.

We are producing additional resources to support the guidance report, which can be found here

  1. Updated: 13th October, 2016

    Key Stage 1 Literacy Guidance

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    Evidence based recomendations on improving literacy in Key Stage 1

  1. Updated: 13th October, 2016

    Key Stage 1 Literacy Guidance (Printable)

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    A printable version of the literacy guidance

  1. Updated: 13th October, 2016

    Key Stage 1 Literacy Guidance Poster

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    A poster containing the eight recommendations from the guidance report

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    Discussion Questions

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    These questions can be used to guide discussion about how the guidance recommendations compare to current practice and to help explore the nuance in the report

  1. Updated: 18th October, 2016

    Red Amber Green (RAG) Self Assessment Guide

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    This guide describes what ‘ineffective’, improving’ and ‘exemplary’ practice can look like in relation to each of the recommendations.