Cara Smith

"As a school we love this programme. This is the one that we have found to be the most successful, the most enjoyable and the one that the kids respond to in the best way.."

Cara Smith, English Teacher and KS3 DSEN Co-ordinator, George Salter Academy, West Bromwich

Results

Introduction

Schools using the Everyone Can Read programme have reported some exciting improvements. For such improvements to be accurately gauged, care must be taken to measure reading and spelling ability both before and after use of Everyone Can Read. The sets of results detailed here indicate the level of improvement that can be expected.

George Salter Academy, West Bromwich

George Salter Academy set up a Breakfast Club to allow staff to teach the Everyone Can Read programme without disrupting the school timetable.

Various incentives were introduced to ensure regular attendance – including pupils being driven to school each morning in the school mini-bus!

The results are recorded below.

Test Results
GEORGE SALTER ACADEMY
September, 2013
PUPIL No. READING AGE September, 2013 READING AGE June, 2014 CHANGE +/- (months)
1. 8.4 9.11 +19
2. 9.7 10.8 +13
3. 7.8 10.3 +31
4. 8.9 10.8 +23
5. 8.9 11.8 +35
6. 8.9 10.5 +20
7. 7.1 11.6 +53
8. 7.9 10.4 +31
9. 8.6 11.6 +36
10. 9.0 11.0 +24
11. 8.3 11.0 +33
12. 8.2 10.8 +30
13. 8.4 11.6 +38
14. 9.0 9.11 +11
15. 8.6 11.6 +36
16. 8.8 9.11 +15
17. 8.9 11.9 +36
18. 6.8 8.4 +20

Average Reading Age improvement – 2 years 4 months

Four pupils improved by at least 3 years and another by an astonishing 4 years and 5 months.

Finham Park School, Coventry

In Autumn, 2008 two groups of pupils, four Year 8 pupils and three Year 9 pupils, were taught for 10 weeks using Everyone Can Read. The first group had four (50 minute) lessons a week, the second group had five lessons a week.

The school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator tested the pupils at the beginning and at the end of the 10 week period with the following results:

Trial Results
FINHAM PARK SCHOOL
23rd September – 5th December, 2008
Pupils
(Chronological
Age
on 22.9.08)

N.F.E.R.

Reading Comprehension Test (Reading Age)

Vernon

Spelling Test
(Spelling Age)

W.R.A.T.S.

Standard Score
for Reading

TEST DATES
22.9.08 8.12.08 19.9.08 5.12.08 19.9.08 8.12.08
Pupil 1
(12.05)
10.02 14.04 9.04 11.02 106 114
Pupil 2
(12.09)
9.04 12.07 8.04 8.08 80 96
Pupil 3
(12.09)
7.03 10.06 8.00 8.10 80 92
Pupil 4
(12.03)
8.02 10.04 8.10 9.08 89 93
Pupil 5
(13.04)
9.06 10.08 9.04 9.06 77 90
Pupil 6
(13.0)
7.03 9.06 8.10 9.06 70 92
Pupil 7
(13.05)
8.05 11.03 8.02 9.06 82 97

The pupils’ average improvement (with 10 weeks’ instruction) was:

2 years 9 months – reading
10.5 months – spelling
13 points – Standard Score for reading

Foxford School, Coventry

In Summer, 2009 two groups of year 9 students worked through the Everyone Can Read scheme for 2.5 months; an improvement of 5 months would be considered a successful intervention according to government guidelines (double the length of intervention time).

The cohort included dyslexic and non-dyslexic students; both groups had four lessons per week.

Tests were administered before and after the intervention; the scheme was not specifically targeted at spelling, but we hoped for a small improvement.

Test Results
FOXFORD SCHOOL
Summer, 2009
GROUP 1 1 2 3 4
GRT – II Reading comprehension
Before 8.02 yrs 8.10 yrs 11.00 yrs 10.02 yrs
After 9.00 yrs 11.00 yrs 13.06 yrs 13.06 yrs
Vernon Spelling
Before 8.02 yrs 11.04 yrs 9.02 yrs 10.08 yrs
After 8.08 yrs 12.04 yrs 9.08 yrs 10.05 yrs
GROUP 2 5 6 7 8
GRT – II Reading comprehension
Before 10.06 yrs 7.03 yrs 8.0 yrs 6.6 yrs
After 10.00 yrs 7.10 yrs 11.0 yrs Not yet done
Vernon Spelling
Before 8.02 yrs 7.03 yrs 7.10 yrs 6.8 yrs
After 9.08 yrs 7.08 yrs 8.0 yrs Not yet done
  1. We feel the improvement for Pupils 6, 7, 1 and 2 represent genuine achievement. These students worked hard and reported feeling more confident with their reading skill.
  2. With pupils 4 and 3, the issues were mostly around comprehension, reading multi-syllable words and attitude/motivation, as well as some very specific reading problems.
  3. We cannot explain pupil 5’s reading score as she worked very hard, had some specific difficulties that were overcome, and rated herself as feeling more confident.
  4. Pupil 8 refused to attend for the last 3 weeks; he had had some issues out of class with others making comments about his lack of literacy ability. He will be re-tested and will continue to have literacy/dyslexia support that includes developing reading skills.

The pupils’ average improvement (with 2.5 months’ instruction) was:

19.5 months in reading
6.5 months in spelling.

Moat House Primary School, Coventry

In November, 2013 a group of five pupils – two Year 6 pupils and three Year 5 pupils – were taught for 10 weeks using Everyone Can Read. They had five (35 minute) lessons a week.

Pupils selected were the very weakest and attendance was fairly poor (average 43/50 lessons). Despite this, significant progress was made – Pupils 1 and 3 made more progress in reading during the ten week trial than they had in more than four years at primary school.

Trial Results
MOAT HOUSE PRIMARY SCHOOL
18th November, 2013 – 11th February, 2014
PUPILS
(Chronological Age
on 13.11.13)
NFER GROUP READING TEST II VERNON SPELLING TEST
READING AGE DIFF
+/-
(months)
SPELLING AGE DIFF
+/-
(months)
TEST DATES TEST DATES
13.11.13 12.2.14 12.2.14 13.11.13 12.2.14 12.2.14
Pupil 1
9.07
6.05 7.11 +18 7.00 8.00 +12
Pupil 2
10.00
6.10 7.07 +9 7.00 8.00 +12
Pupil 3
10.00
6.05 7.09 +16 7.08 7.08
Pupil 4
10.04
6.07 6.07 7.01 7.10 +9
Pupil 5
11.02
6.05 6.11 +6 7.01 7.10 +9

The pupils’ average improvement (10 weeks’ instruction) was:

Reading – 10 months
Spelling – 8 months

Pupil 4’s reading results were very disappointing, and something of a surprise, as he participated well in class and had made great progress.

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