Education Endowment Foundation:The REAL Programme

The REAL Programme

National Children’s Bureau
Implementation costThe cost estimates in the Toolkits are based on the average cost of delivering the intervention. 
Evidence strengthThis rating provides an overall estimate of the robustness of the evidence, to help support professional decision-making in schools.Not given for this trial
Impact (months)The impact measure shows the number of additional months of progress made, on average, by children and young people who received the intervention, compared to similar children and young people who did not.
Project info

Independent Evaluator

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Testing a home-visiting programme focused on literacy, delivered by nursery teachers

Pupils: 850 Schools: 53 Grant: £697,474
Key Stage: EY Duration: 2 year(s) 3 month(s) Type of Trial: Efficacy Trial
Completed April 2021

The REAL programme (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) is an intervention that works with practitioners (usually in the early years) to support children’s early literacy development. The programme aims to help practitioners to build parents’ knowledge and confidence in creating a home learning environment that supports and encourages children’s reading, writing and oral language. The programme evaluated in this trial used REAL approaches including home visits, group literacy events and the ORIM Framework, which supports parents to: create Opportunities for literacy learning; Recognise and value small steps; Interact in positive ways; and make a point of being a Model of a literacy user.