New research has shown that, after following the UCL’s Reading Recovery programme, pupils are more than twice as likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs including English and mathematics compared to their peers matched by ability who did not participate in the early intervention scheme (49% compared to 23% in the comparison group).

Reading Recovery provides literacy support for the lowest-attaining five and six-year-olds through daily one-to-one reading sessions with trained specialist teachers. This new 10-year analysis, funded by the KPMG Foundation, shows that not only can the programme help close the attainment gap, but that these pupils are less likely to leave school with no qualifications (2% compared to 7% in the comparison group). These pupils also did not require a statement of special educational needs (or education, health and care plan), while 10% of the comparison group did so at age 14 and 9% at age 16.

Research has also found that Reading Recovery has the potential to deliver up to £1.2 billion to the economy in the form of increased lifetime earnings and reduced costs for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services.

Last reviewed 2 January 2019