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Other Ratings

Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness

One or more qualifying studies did not meet the criteria for “Limited Evidence of Effectiveness”.

Destination Reading
Plato Focus
Reading Machine
Reading Street
The Literacy Center
Writing to Read

N No Qualifying Studies

No studies met inclusion standards

UK programmes lacking qualifying studies:

Can do Cubes www.candocubes.com

Code Breakers, Hamilton Trust www.hamiltoneducation.org.uk

Collins Big Cat www.collinseducation.com/

Collins Big Cat Phonics www.collinseducation.com/

Collins Primary Literacy, Collins www.collinseducation.com/Primary

Dandelion Readers, Phonic Books www.phonicbooks.co.uk

Debbie Hepplewhite’s Online Synthetic Phonics Programme , Phonics International www.phonicsinternational.com

Destination Literacy www.riverdeep-learning.co.uk

Discovery World (Heinemann/Pearson) /www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/

EasyTech www.learnpath.com

Easyread, Oxford Learning www.easyreadsystem.com

Fast Phonics First/ Rigby Star Phonics (Heinemann) www.rigbystar.co.uk/fpf/

Fast Track Phonics, Success for All www.successforall.org.uk

Fireflies (Oxford Reading Tree) http://fds.oup.com/www0.oup.com/ort/3/fireflies.html

Floppy’s Phonics (ORT) http://fds.oup.com/www0.oup.com/ort/3/floppysphonics.html

Fun with Phonics, BBC Active www.bbcactivefunwithphonics.com

Jolly Phonics www.jollylearning.co.uk

Kids & Co (Rising Stars) www.risingstars-uk.com

Kar2ouche www.kar2ouche.com

KnowledgeBox http://uk.knowledgebox.com/standard.html

Letterland, Letterland International www.letterland.com

Letters and Sounds: Principles and practice of high quality phonics, National Literacy Strategy www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/clld

Lexia Early, Foundation and Quick Reading Test, Lexia www.lexiauk.co.uk

Lighthouse (Heinemann/Pearson) www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk

Literacy Evolve (Pearson Education) www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk

Literacy World , Heinemann www.heinemann.co.uk/Primary/Primary.aspx

Longman, various titles www.longman.co.uk/

Nessy Learning Programme, Net Educational Systems www.nessy.com/nessylearningprogramme

Oxford Reading Tree, OUP www.oxfordprimary.co.uk

Phonics: A Complete Synthetic System , Scholastic www.teachershop.scholastic.co.uk

PM (Nelson Thornes) www.nelsonthornes.com/pm/

POPAT: Programme of Phoneme Awareness Training www.popat.co.uk

Read Write Inc, OUP www.oxfordprimary.co.uk

Rigby Star, Heinemann www.rigbystar.co.uk

Snapdragons (Oxford Reading Tree) http://fds.oup.com/www0.oup.com/ort/3/snapdragons.html

Songbirds (Oxford Reading Tree) http://fds.oup.com/www0.oup.com/ort/3/songbirds.html

Sound Discovery, Ridgehill www.syntheticphonics.net

Sounds Write www.sounds-write.co.uk

Splash Phonics (Rising Stars) www.risingstars-uk.com

Storyworlds (Heinemann/Pearson) www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk

Tell a Tale 2 www.4mation.co.uk

THRASS: Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills www.thrass.co.uk

Wordshark Letters and Sounds, White Space

Work With Words www.workwithwords.org.uk

If you use programmes which are not listed here, please let us know


100 Book Challenge
ABD's of Reading
Academy of Reading
Accelerated Literacy Learning
Accelerated Reader
AfterSchool KidzLit
Alphabetic Phonics
Barton Reading & Spelling System
Be a Better Reader
Breakthrough to Literacy
Carbo Reading Styles
Caught Reading
Charlesbridge Reading Fluency
Compass Reading
Comprehension Plus
Comprehension Upgrade
Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI)
Conceptually-Based Strategy Instruction
Consistency Management Cooperative Discipline (CMCD)
Cross-Aged Literacy Program
Disciplinary Literacy
Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself
Dolch Reading Program
Early Reading Intervention (ERI)
Early Success Earobics
Edmark Reading Program
Electronic Bookshelf
Elements of Reading: Comprehension
Elements of Reading: Fluency
Elements of Reading: Vocabulary
Essential Learning System
Failure Free Reading
Fast Track Reading
First Steps Fluency
First Fluency Formula
Fluent Reader
FOCUS Reading and Language Program
Foundations and Frameworks
Fountas Pinnell Units of Study (Heineman)
Funnix Reading Programs
Glass-Analysis method
Great Books
Great Leaps
Harcourt Collections
Harcourt Signatures
Harcourt Trophies
Houghton Mifflin Nation's Choice
Houghton Mifflin Reading
Headsprout Early Reading
Hooked on Phonics®
Houghton Mifflin Horizons
Houghton Mifflin Invitations to Literacy
Houghton Mifflin Legacy of Literacy
Imagine It!
IndiVisual Reading
Intensive Reading Strategies
Instruction (IRSI) Model
Intensive Supplemental Reading
Invitations to Literacy
Irlen Method
Jacob's Ladder
Jostens/Compass Learning
Kindergarten Works
K-W-L strategy
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling Language First!
Language for Thinking
LeapTrack Assessment & Instruction System
Learning Experience Approach
Learning to Read
Learning Upgrade
Lexia Lightspan
Like to Read
Literacy by Design
Literacy Seminar
Little Books
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures
Making Connections
McGraw-Hill Reading
McGraw-Hill Spotlight on Literacy
McGraw-Hill Treasures/Triumphs
Merit Software
My Reading Coach
Open Book Anywhere
OpenBook to Literacy
Phonetics First-Focus on Sounds
Phonics and Friends
Phonics First Foundations
Phonics for Reading
Project Read
Putting Reading First in Your Classroom
Questioning the Author
Reading Pen II
Read Naturally
Read Now
Read, Write & Type!
ReadAbout Reading Apprenticeship
Reading Horizons
Reading in the Content Areas
Reading Plus
Reading Success
Reading to Learn
Reading Triumphs
Reading Upgrade
Read Well
Responsive Classroom
Rigby Reading
Rosetta Stone Literacy
S.P.I.R.E. and Sounds Sensible
Saxon Phonics
Scaffolded Reading Experience
Schoolwide Enrichment Reading Model (SEM-R)
Seeing Stars
SIM-Stategic Instruction Model
Six Minute Solution
Smart Way Reading and Spelling
Sound Sheets
Spalding Method
Spell Read
SRA Reading
STEPS (Sequential Teaching of Explicit Phonics and Spelling)
Strategic Literacy Initiative
Success in Reading and Writing
Teaching Reading Essentials
Text Mapping Strategy
Text Talk
The Imagination Station
Thinking Works
Transactional Strategies Instruction
Tune in to Reading
Visualizing and Verbalizing
Vocabulary Improvement Program
Voices Reading
Voyager Passport
Voyager TimeWarp Plus
Voyager Universal Literacy
Wilson Reading
Wright Group Literacy

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