The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), University College London Institute of Education (IOE) and the University of Nottingham (UoN) are conducting research on behalf of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to better understand the practices used to support literacy development in primary schools and the effectiveness of evidence-based literacy guidance materials and support.
As part of this evaluation, the National Primary Literacy Survey is being sent to a sample of primary schools nationally across England to find out about literacy practices and how schools support literacy learning. The results of the survey will be used to inform the design of more effective support programmes for literacy development nationally. The survey asks about the different approaches that are used within schools to support children’s reading and writing development, as well as to support children who struggle to make progress with literacy. The survey was first conducted in 2016 and is being repeated in 2018 to explore how literacy practices in schools may have changed over time.
Findings from the National Primary Literacy Survey and more in-depth evaluation activities in primary schools in the North East will be available in a published report in 2019 which will include evidence on effective primary literacy practices and how schools can be supported to develop evidence-based literacy practices.