Success for All

Success for All is a training and support package for primary schools that aims to help them to teach their pupils to read well. It was initially developed in the USA, where it is used by around 1,000 schools. It provides training in both approaches to teaching, such as cooperative learning and synthetic phonics, and school management. Data analysis is frequently undertaken to measure pupils’ progress, and pupils are grouped (and regularly re-grouped) into classes based on their reading ability, not their age. Teachers are provided with structured daily lesson plans and teaching materials. Additional catch-up support, such as computer-assisted learning, is provided to pupils struggling to learn to read

Why are we funding it?

This is an evidence-based programme with a strong delivery model, but it has not been thoroughly trialled in English schools. If proven to be effective, it offers struggling schools a comprehensive, structured way to raise their literacy standards. There is encouraging evidence from an RCT in the US and a small matched-controlled study in the UK that Success for All has a positive impact on literacy outcomes. However, the developers have led on many of the existing evaluations and there is a need for independent analysis of its impact.

How are we evaluating it?

A team from Queen's University Belfast will evaluate the programme using a randomised controlled trial across 50 schools. The evaluation is set up as an effectiveness trial. Effectiveness trials aim to test whether an intervention can work at scale in a large number of schools.

When will the evaluation report be due?

The evaluation report is due to be published in Spring 2016.