North East Primary Literacy Campaign
In 2016, the EEF launched a five-year campaign to boost literacy levels for pupils in the North East, with a particular focus on those eligible for free school meals. The campaign aims to reach all 880 primary schools in the region.
We have committed £5 million towards this endeavour, match-funded by Northern Rock Foundation.
The campaign has three main strands:
- Practical guidance: the EEF has published two major guidance reports, Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1 and Improving Literacy in Key Stage 2, specifically developed to support this Campaign. They were subsequently mailed to all primary schools in England in May 2017. A third and final guidance report, Preparing for Literacy, focused on the early years, will be published in spring 2018.
- Local advocacy: we are working with eight advocate-partners in the North East, the first five of which began in September 2016, with the other three beginning to work with schools in summer/autumn 2017.
- Programmes support: Five evidence-based literacy projects began delivery in schools in September 2016, with more due to begin in the next year. To date £3.9 million has been committed – most of it on grants, but also including the guidance report, advocacy, and evaluation – to reach around 400 primary schools.
Preparing for Literacy
Seven recommendations to support improving early language and literacy
Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1
Eight recommendations to support the literacy of 5-7 year-olds
Improving Literacy in Key Stage 2
Seven recommendations to improve literacy teaching for 7-11 year-olds
Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools
Seven recommendations related to reading, writing, talk, vocabulary development and supporting struggling students.
- EEF Blog: A lasting impact - 6 lessons from the evaluation of ABRA
- EEF Blog: Putting evidence to work in your classroom
- EEF Blog: 6 charts on the attainment gap
- EEF Blog: Untangling the ‘Literacy Octopus’ – three crucial lessons from the latest EEF evaluation
- EEF Blog: Improving reading comprehension through strategy instruction
- New EEF report: Good literacy skills crucial to closing attainment gap in Science
- What makes effective literacy teaching?
- Speed and fluency as important as accuracy for good writing
- EEF Blog: Investing in literacy
Evaluating the Campaign
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) are responsible for a two-year formative developmental evaluation of the campaign (2016-18), while the University of Nottingham will take the lead on the summative impact analysis of the campaign on pupil outcomes (2016-21). The evaluation protocol can be found here and the final report will be published in 2021.
If you are interested in getting involved in our campaign work in the North East, please contact the EEF's programmes manager, Thomas Martell.