Paired reading: evaluation report and executive summary

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Lloyd, Cheryl; Edovald, Triin; Kiss, Zsolt
Publisher
NatCen Social Research
Date of publication
1 July 2015
Subject(s)
Education and Skills
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

Download (1.7MB )

Paired Reading is a peer tutoring programme in secondary schools which trains teachers to support and encourage the regular tutoring of Year 7 pupils (aged 11-12 years) by Year 9 pupils (aged 13-14 years). The Paired Reading programme aims to improve pupils’ general literacy in addition to speaking and listening skills. This is achieved by pupils working together to follow the Paired Reading steps to choose the material to read, and discuss this, together with the older pupil (tutor) supporting the reading, correcting errors and praising the younger pupil (tutee) throughout.

The impact of Paired Reading on 2,736 pupils in 120 classes in ten participating schools (1,370 in Year 7 and 1,366 in Year 9) was tested using a cluster randomised controlled trial design with 58 classes randomly allocated to receive the programme and 62 classes allocated to the control condition. Schools from the North Tyneside local authority (LA) and in neighbouring LAs of South Tyneside and Sunderland took part in the trial over the 2013/14 academic year.

This evaluation does not provide any evidence that the Paired Reading programme had an impact on overall reading ability, sentence completion and passage comprehension of participating pupils.

Related to Education and Skills

Preschool quality and child development

Working paper on child development in Columbian preschools

2019 annual report on education spending in England

Report on education spending in England

What motivates adults to learn: a rapid evidence review of what drives learning new skills in the workplace

Report on factors influencing adult workers' motivation to learn for work

Cabinet analysis 2019

A briefing analysing the educational background of ministers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's cabinet, summer 2019.

More items related to this subject