Oxfordshire County Council’s Literacy Assessment Pack is intended to help teachers identify pupil’s strengths and weaknesses in early literacy skills. Resources are also included to enable the assessment of other essential skills including knowledge of high frequency words and early phonic recognition.
Literacy and numeracy catch-up strategies, November 2017, Department of Education. This paper reviews catch-up strategies and interventions which are intended for low- attaining pupils in literacy or numeracy at the end of key stage 2. This includes interventions which have been trialled with low-attaining year 7 pupils, or interventions which have been trialled and proved successful with younger or older pupils that may be applicable to low-attaining year 7 pupils. Further, this paper only includes programmes where independent analysis has provided an assessment of their effectiveness.
Organisations Providing Research Evidence on Literacy and Numeracy
Best Evidence Encyclopaedia UK (BEE UK): BEE UK presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programmes for primary and secondary education. The reviews support evidence-based education by rating programmes for primary and secondary school pupils available in England, such as: technology, struggling readers, primary science, early childhood education, and mathematics.
Department for Education (DfE): DfE is the government department responsible for education and children’s services and is committed to creating a world-class state education system. Key issues include: education from pre-school to age 18, including raising attainment, workforce, school improvement, inspection, accountability, school organisation; and children’s services such as adoption and fostering, child protection, special educational needs, and child poverty.
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF): EEF is an independent grant-making charity that is dedicated to raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils in primary and secondary schools in England, by challenging educational disadvantage, sharing evidence and finding out what works.
Education evidence portal (eep): Eep is a joint venture being taken forward by a group of organisations that wish to make research evidence on a range of educational issues more widely available.
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER): NFER provides independent evidence to improve education and learning, working with a range of organisations. Projects include: phonics, mathematics, science, narrowing the gap, teacher recruitment, support staff, and engagement in education, employment and training.
National Literacy Trust: The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that is dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Their research aims to improve literacy attitudes, habits and skills by informing policy and practice.
Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted): Ofsted are independent and impartial, reporting directly to Parliament. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits every week throughout England on early years and childcare, maintained schools, independent schools, children and families services, and adult learning and skills. Inspection reports, statistics and thematic analysis are published on their website.
Sutton Trust: The Sutton Trust aims to promote social mobility through education, funding a range of projects in early years through to university settings. Research is conducted to understand the root causes of educational inequalities, so that these can then be combated through the identification and promotion of effective solutions. Topics cover early years to university, and include: decision-making in higher education, social mobility, teaching and learning toolkits, educating highly able pupils, summer schools, independent schools, and the pupil premium.
University of York, Institute for Effective Education (IEE): IEE aims to improve the education for all children by researching ‘what works’ in teaching and learning, and by promoting the use of evidence in education policy and practice. IEE evaluates programmes and practices for early childhood, primary, and secondary education, focusing on literacy, numeracy and science.
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science (IES): WWC was created by the US Department of Education’s IES to be a central source of scientific education for what works in education. WWC reviews a wide range of education topics for effectiveness of interventions, in areas such as: children and youth disabilities, college and career preparation, dropout prevention, early childhood education, education technology, English language learners, literacy, mathematics, school choice, school organisation and governance, science, behaviour, teacher and leader effectiveness, and teacher incentives.