Improving Literacy and Numeracy in Key Stage 1

Supported by the Education Endowment Foundation

This study aims to promote higher achievement in literacy and mathematics in Key Stage 1. The project involves a partnership between the University of Oxford, NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) and the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation).

The project will test, in a large scale study, two interventions that have been successful in previous small scale studies at raising attainment. The literacy intervention programme aims to raise children’s awareness of language structure at both word and sentence level and the mathematics intervention programme is designed to promote children’s reasoning and problem solving skills.

Each of the teaching programmes is formed by materials that cover approximately 12 lessons and should be presented to the children in the time they are normally taught literacy or mathematics. The ideal pace of delivery is one lesson per week; during the other days, the teachers continue with their usual teaching plans. Before the start of the programme and after the programme had finished, all children were assessed in order to measure gains obtained by completing the programme. The programme was delivered by teachers; all participating teachers were invited to a one-day workshop before they started using the materials.

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Materials include:

  • PowerPoint presentations for teachers
  • Two level worksheets for children
  • Board games
  • Computer games

Teacher’s comments:

  • “Loved this scheme of work. I feel the children’s mathematical skills have hugely improved over these 10 sessions.” (Teacher from Milton Keynes)
  • “The training in December was inspiring. The work children had done in the programme on adverbs and adjectives have resulted in big improvements in their Big writing.” (Teacher from Oxford)

Please follow the links for more information on each project:

We are currently analysing the data. Please come back for the results.

All our materials are available to use and download through a website currently under password protection, if you would like access to the materials we will send you a username and password, please contact our team: deborah.evans@education.ox.ac.uk