Latest results from the 2016/17 academic year show how The Children’s Literacy Charity has made a significant impact on children’s lives by narrowing and in some cases closing the literacy gap for graduates of our one-to-one Expert intervention. We’ve particularly made a marked difference for pupils deemed to be at ‘double disadvantage’.
Double disadvantage is a term used for pupils referred to us with both identified Special Educational Needs and eligibility for Pupil Premium. During the last year of tuition, 87% of these pupils were able to narrow the gap in their reading level and 84% narrowed the gap in their comprehension on graduation. They leave the programme with a life-changing alteration in their ability to read, write, speak and listen.
For all graduates of our intervention, 92% narrowed their reading gap and 50% closed their reading gap fully against their chronological ages. 87% of pupils narrowed gaps in their comprehension levels and 57% were able to close their comprehension gap entirely.
Pupil statistics were based on an average reading age gap at baseline of 18 months from chronological age and an average comprehension age gap at baseline of 14 months.
These results build on our success in 15/16, where pupils graduated with the following changes in their literacy learning:
91% narrowed their reading age gap
47% closed their gap entirely
82% narrowed their comprehension age gap
51% closed their gap entirely
Thanks to the support of our corporate partners Informa plc, we look forward to sharing a more formal report in the coming months.