Effects of Reading Recovery last through to the end of primary school

The Reading Recovery annual report for the UK and Ireland shows that 11-year-old children who received Reading Recovery at age six matched their classmate’s progress for the following six years, to the end of primary school.

Reading Recovery is designed to help low-achieving pupils in Year 1 improve to age-expected levels. The report shows that in 2011-12 – the first year that enough Reading Recovery children had reached Year 6 and completed their Key Stage 2 national assessment – 78 per cent of children who had completed the programme achieved Level 4 (the national average) or above in their reading assessment, and 67 per cent achieved the same in writing. Nearly all children achieved Level 3 or above, with 95 per cent achieving this level in their reading assessment and 98 per cent in writing.

Source:Reading recovery children go on to succeed up to end of Key Stage 2 (2012), Institute of Education

The costs and benefits of education interventions

A new series of publications aims to provide independent investment advice for children’s services. Launched last Friday Investing in Children, from the Social Research Unit at Dartington, will publish reports on the effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of programmes and approaches. The reports look at the financial costs of particular interventions, the financial benefits to taxpayers and participants, and the risk that an approach might not be successful. The first two reports look at interventions for early years and education, and youth justice. In the early years and education report, programmes rated include Reading Recovery, Success for All and Life Skills Training.

Source: Investing in Children