Paired Reading: Evaluation report and executive summary

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 16-week programme is intended to take place during normal school hours in timetabled sessions, for 20 minutes each week. Teachers in participating schools received training from the delivery team, a detailed programme manual and extensive digital resources. 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. Key conclusions include: (1) 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; (2) There was no evidence of the Paired Reading programme having an effect on overall reading ability, sentence completion and passage comprehension of FSM pupils; and (3) There was some variation in the intervention group schools in terms of the programme setup and delivery. There was also a varying level of support provided to pupils within the intervention by the teachers involved, based mainly on the reading ability of the pupils. However, these appear to be natural variations between the settings of the schools involved and are unlikely to have affected the dosage of the intervention for the pupils involved.
Authors citation
Lloyd, C., Edovald, T., Kiss, Z., Morris, S., Skipp, A., & Ahmed, H. (2015)
Publication
London: Education Endowment Foundation
Year of Study
2015
Subject
Literacy
Program Evaluated
Paired Reading
Tutor Type
Peer
Duration
16 weeks
Sample size
1306
Grade Level(s)
7th Grade
Student-Tutor Ratio
Small group
Effect Size
-0.02
Study Design
Cluster Randomized
Full citation
Lloyd, C., Edovald, T., Kiss, Z., Morris, S., Skipp, A., & Ahmed, H. (2015). Paired Reading: Evaluation report and executive summary. London, UK: Education Endowment Foundation.