Early Literacy Support

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th December 2001.

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Photo of Lord Prior Lord Prior Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the materials used to support the early literacy support were tested on representative samples of matched experimental and control children with pre and post testing carried out using standardised tests before their introduction; and whether the results of any such tests will be made available to the public.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Sure Start, Early Years and Childcare), Department for Education and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) (Early Years and School Standards)

The Early Literacy Support Programme, which is based on the teaching objectives in the National Literacy Strategy Framework for teaching, was piloted during 2000–01 in about 1,000 year 1 classes in 50 local education authorities. The pilot was monitored by Ofsted, which reported that:

XIn general, the quality of teaching was good in the Year 1 lessons observed in the vast majority of schools. Pupils' responses to the intervention sessions were overwhelmingly positive. Teachers observed marked gains in pupils' confidence and willingness to contribute within the Literacy Hour".

No experimental and control groups or standardised tests were used as part of the pilot.

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