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Evidence from trials of Move4words in schools
Headline results from school trials.
Children with lower abilities improve the most, narrowing the gap in achievement!
See bottom of page for much more detail, with all the data in PDF format!
KS2 SATs results:
How much better were KS2 results for underperforming schools in the year in which their Year 6 children did Move4words, compared to previous years' performance, and to other schools?
Underperforming schools were boosted to beat the National Average: 8 schools, which had consistently underperformed in KS2 SATs over the previous three years, improved dramatically when their Year 6 children did Move4words. Their improvement in the number of children achieving the expected level (Level 4+) in English and Maths was three times the increase achieved by 8 matched comparison schools.
(From a level of 14% below the National Average over the previous three years, when using M4W with their Y6 children the trial schools exceeded the National Average by 2%; 235 children did M4W in 8 schools)
SATs performance and school tracking data in reading, writing and maths in Years 3 to 5:
How much better did one cohort of children perform in regular school tests of reading, writing and maths, including SATs, in the year following the end of the Move4words programme, compared to the same children's progress rate for one or two years before the start of Move4words?
Average rates of progress were "outstanding" after Move4words, for 92 children (all those whose tracking data has been provided to us) from schools in relatively deprived areas.
For children who had failed to reach the target points score of 15 at KS1 (when aged 7), combined performance scores increased more than 5 points per year during the year after the end of the Move4words programme, compared to 2.2 points per year in previous years.
Average performance scores increased by 4 points per year during the year after the end of Move4words, compared to 3 points per year prior to Move4words, for children who had reached the required target at KS1.
(In the trial years, progress rates of less than 2.75 ppy were considered unsatisfactory; 2.75-3 ppy = satisfactory; 3.25-3.5 ppy = good; above 3.75 = outstanding)
Reading age in Years 3 to 7:
How much better did children read after the Move4words programme compared to before?
Reading age improved almost four times faster during the Move4words programme than before, for 265 below-average readers.
(RA increase of 2.75 months per month elapsed during M4W, compared to 0.73 mths/mth before)
Reading age improved two and a half times faster during the Move4words programme than before, for 218 above-average readers.
(RA increase of 3 months per month elapsed during M4W, compared to 1.2 mths/mth before)
Reading speed in Years 3 to 7:
How much faster did children read after the Move4words programme compared to before?
379 slower-than-average readers read 25% faster after the Move4words programme.
(Pre M4W average reading speed of 66 words per minute (wpm) increased by + 16 wpm in 3 months of programme, compared to expected increase of 6 words per minute or 4% faster)
428 faster-than-average readers read 8% faster after the Move4words programme.
(Pre M4W average reading speed of 106 words per minute (wpm) increased by + 8 wpm in 3 months of programme, compared to expected increase of 3 words per minute or 3% faster)
Schools report improved attendance, better concentration, better listening skills, improved behaviour, as well as improvements in reading, writing, maths and exam results
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How were the studies carried out?
● All studies were done in regular UK classrooms, mostly in areas of relative deprivation where literacy rates are lower than the national average, high proportions of children need free school meals and speak English as a second language.
● Move4words sessions were all run by classroom teachers or teaching assistants who had attended a one-day training session.
● KS2 results were taken from the UK Department for Education online Performance tables published yearly.
● All other assessments were carried out by the classroom teachers. Reading age assessments were done using each school's usual reading test.
● Tracking data were provided by participant schools, going back to when each child was in KS1.
● Dr McClelland visited each school once during the programme to check that everything was running smoothly and to pick up tips to incorporate into the new version of Move4words.
● Data compilation and statistical analysis were done by Dr McClelland.
● Absolutely all results were included in the analysis (except where a child was absent for one or more tests), nothing was rejected just because it didn't fit!
Comparing our results with those of other educational interventions.
We now have evidence from over 807 children showing the major impact of Move4words on literacy and learning. All trials were designed and set up by Dr McClelland, with the invaluable assistance of Professor Brighouse.
How does Move4words compare with other interventions?
We've compared our results to those from many other educational research studies, and on the effects of exercise on cognitive performance. We've used the "effect size", a method which allows comparison between different studies.
Move4words produces really exceptional results!
Our studies produce effect size values of between 0.5 (immediately after Move4words) and 2.9 (six months after the end of Move4words). These values easily pass the stringent test developed by Professor Hattie to determine if new interventions are worthy of introduction into schools (which requires a minimum effect size of 0.4). We will add the new 2012 results to the following paper as soon as possible!
Read on for more detail about the evidence, breakdown of each study, etc.
Significant improvements in school performance measures:
Schools which did Move4words with their Year 6 children achieved very impressive improvements in KS2 results compared to performance in three previous years and to performance of 8 matched comparison schools.
Move4words brings about large improvements in literacy levels assessed by school tracking data. So far, we have written up long-term follow-up data for children who did Move4words in Year 5, but more is being written up at the moment.
Significant improvements in reading age:
Move4words brings about large improvements in reading age for children in Years 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Improvements in reading age are three to five times greater than typical age-related reading gains and are significantly better than for comparison groups of children who did not do Move4words (study of 356 children in 2011). The combined data from 2011&2012 will be added as soon as possible.
Children with lower abilities improve the most, narrowing the gap in achievement!
For more details of each year group you can read these papers:-
With an earlier version of the programme, reading age continued to improve at a higher-than-predicted rate after the end of the programme, with good evidence for reading gains doubling after 6 months.
Exam performance is enhanced, too, with average long-term gains of a complete GCSE grade across all GCSEs taken and significantly higher numbers of A*-C grades and total points scores than matched groups who had not done the programme.
Significant improvements in reading speed:
We observe significant improvements in reading speed of 25 % for slow readers in Years 3, 4, 5 6 and 7 (study of 807 children). Faster readers also benefit by an average of 8 %.
These combined results from 2011 and 2012 are hot off the press, and we are currently writing up the review of 2011 and 2012 data combined.
Significant improvements in writing speed:
We observe significant improvements in writing speed of 30 % and reduction of spelling errors by 28 % for Year 7 students. A lot more data has been collected in 2012, and still awaits analysis. It's a big job, so this will take us some time!
Significant improvements in concentration:
We observe significant improvements in self-reported concentration levels of about 20 % for students with initially poor concentration in Years 6 and 7.
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Last updated: Thursday March 07, 2013.