7 Mar, 2015

NCB | Raising Early Achievement in Literacy

Evaluation of Making it REAL | NCB Research Centre | August 2014

This report presents the findings of the evaluation of the first year of Making it REAL (2013-2015) which delivers an evidence-based family literacy intervention for two to five year olds. The evaluation was carried out by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) Research Centre on behalf of the NCB Early Childhood Unit (ECU) and Department for Education (DfE).

Making it REAL builds on an evidence-based programme Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL)1 which involves practitioners in working with parents2 to help them support their children’s literacy development within four key strands of literacy: environmental print, books, early writing and oral language. The intervention uses the ORIM Framework, which is based on the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help support their children’s literacy development relating to: Opportunities for literacy; Recognition of children’s literacy development; Interaction around literacy; and Models of literacy users.

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