Evaluation of the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc. Phonics programme

What are the purposes and aims of the project?

The aim of the evaluation is to assess the efficacy of the programme. It will explore the programme’s impact on teachers’ knowledge and confidence in teaching phonics, reading and writing, and their participation in literacy continuous professional development (CPD). It will also use pupils' assessment outcomes to establish whether there is any difference in attainment in schools who have received the programme, versus schools who have not.

Who is sponsoring NFER to carry out this work?

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

How have schools been selected to take part?

The schools taking part in the programme have been recruited by Ruth Miskin Training.

Do schools have to take part?

Participation in this evaluation is voluntary

What does taking part involve?

Some staff involved in delivery of the programme will complete a baseline and a follow-up online survey to measure any change in knowledge and confidence in teaching phonics, reading and writing, following the intervention. In the summer term 2020, we will ask schools to provide raw pupil outcome data for all pupils receiving the intervention, for the following assessments:

  • Year 2 pupils (in 2020): Key Stage 1 English reading
  • Year 1 pupils (in 2020): Phonics Screening Check

How will NFER use and protect the data collected?

Files received from schools are encrypted and saved to a secure server at the NFER. The pupil information provided will be linked with the National Pupil Database (held by the Department for Education) and other official records. Anonymised data will be shared with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), EEF’s data contractor, and with the developers, Ruth Miskin, to enable their own analysis and understanding of the trial and its outcomes. The data will be held anonymously in the UK Data Archive. Please note that no individual schools or children will be identified in any reports arising from the research.

NFER have robust procedures in place to make sure that we comply with the increased governance and accountability requirements of GDPR. The privacy notice for the trial sets out how we comply with the data protection principles and how pupils/parents can exercise their rights. 

Who can be contacted for more information?

Please feel free to contact our team on 01753 637338 or via email at ruthmiskin@nfer.ac.uk if you have any queries or require further information.

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