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Small Group Reading Support


Education Endowment Foundation




Nottingham Trent University, National Literacy Trust, Shirelands Collegiate Academy, Birmingham City University, Concordia University, York Trials Unit, University College London


Janet Vousden, Helen Johnson, Luisa Tarczynski-Bowles


Small Group Reading Support is a small group literacy intervention delivered by teaching assistants. Sessions last 15 minutes and are delivered to small groups of pupils four times per week. The programme will be supplementary to core literacy lessons for all pupils in Year 1.

The trial will test two versions of Small Group Reading Support: an ICT version and a paper-based version. Both versions of the programme contain the same content, but differ in how they are delivered. The ICT version is delivered through an online platform, while the non-ICT version involves the use of paper-based activities and the use of additional resources such as magnetic letters and cards. Both versions are designed around texts that are suitable for early readers and focus on developing phonics, reading fluency and reading comprehension.

This trial follows on from several previous studies of the intervention. This new effectiveness trial will test whether a scalable version of the training and resources can produce similar results.


If successful, then the teams involved in this trial will work together to make the programme available nationally. If successful, the trial has the potential to Improve literacy outcomes for KS1 pupils across the country.

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