The evaluation is of an intervention called Fresh Start, intended to be used with Year 6 and 7 pupils not making expected progress in reading. It is a structured approach, based on the use of synthetic phonics, training teachers in the principles, lesson plans and reading resources. It has been widely used in the UK, but has not been rigorously tested for impact. The precise way in which schools will implement the intervention can be allowed to vary – in intensity, frequency and duration for example. This is standard for a pragmatic trial of teaching resources used by professionals. The evaluation may give some clue as to which version if preferable but the overall trial is of the intervention as a template.
The completed project report is available here: