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Insufficient Evidence of Effectiveness

Qualifying studies do not meet the criteria for “limited evidence of effectiveness.”

Academy of Reading

Destination Reading

Experience Corps

Failure-Free Reading

Fast ForWord

Gottshall Small Group Phonics



New Heights



Plan focus

Read 180

Spell Read

Targeted Intervention


Wilson Reading

N No Qualifying Studies

No studies met inclusion standards

Can Do Cubes, Can Do Education www.candocubes.com/synthetic-phonics.php

Collins Big Cat www.collinseducation.com/

Collins Big Cat Phonics www.collinseducation.com/

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

Debbie Hepplewhite’s Online Synthetic Phonics Programme , Phonics International


Destination Literacy www.riverdeep-learning.co.uk

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

Easyread, Oxford Learning www.easyreadsystem.com

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

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. jolly learning.co.uk/

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

Rigby Star, Heinemann www.rigbystar.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

Reading Tree, OUP www.oxfordprimary.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

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

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

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100 Book Challenge

A Comprehensive Curriculum for Early Student Success (ACCESS)

Academic Associates Learning Centers

Accelerated Reader




Balanced Early Literacy Initiative

Barton Reading and Spelling System



Bradley Reading and Language Arts

Breakthrough to Literacy


Bridge to Reading

Bring the Classics to Life

CIERA School Change Framework

Comprehensive Early Literacy Learning

Classwide Peer Tutoring©

Compensatory Language Experiences and Reading Program (CLEAR)

Core Knowledge

Cornerstone Literacy Initiative

Curious George Reading and Phonics


Davis Learning Strategies™

Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself

Discovery World


Dr. Cupp Readers® & Journal Writers

Early Success

Early to Read


Emerging Readers

Essential Skills

Evidence Based Literacy Instruction

Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction (ECRI)

Fast Track Action

Felipe’s Sound Search

First grade Literacy Intervention Program (FLIP)

First Steps

Flippen Reading Connections™

Fluency Formula

FOCUS: A Reading and Language Program

Four Block Framework

Frontline Phonics



GOcabulary Program for Elementary Students

Goldman-Lynch Language Stimulation Program

Goldman-Lynch Sounds-in-Symbols

Great Leaps

Guided Discovery LOGO

Guided Reading

Harcourt Accelerated Reading Instruction

Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

Hooked on Phonics®

Huntington Phonics

IntelliTools Reading

Insights: Reading as Thinking

Invitations to Literacy

Irlen method

Jigsaw Classroom

Johnny Can Spell


KidCentered learning

Knowledge Box

Ladders to Literacy

Language for Learning

Language for Thinking

Leap into Phonics

Letter People



Literacy Collaborative

Literacy First

Little Books

Little Readers



Merit Reading Software Program

Multicultural Reading and Thinking Program (McRAT)

My Reading Coach

New Century Integrated Instructional System

Next Steps

Onward to Excellence


Pacific Literacy

Pause, Prompt, & Praise©

Peabody Language Development Kits

Performance Learning Systems

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children

Phonics for Reading

Phonics Q


PM Plus Readers

Primary Phonics

Programmed Tutorial Reading

Project Child

Project FAST

Project LISTEN

Project PLUS

Rainbow Reading

Read Well

Reading Bridge

Reading Explorer’s Pathfinders Tutoring Kit

Reading Intervention for Early Success

Reading Rods

Reading Step by Step

Reading Success from the Start

Reading Upgrade

Richards Read Systematic Language Program

Right Start to Reading

Road to the Code

ROAR Reading System


SAIL (Second grade Acceleration to Literacy)

Saxon Phonics

Schoolwide Early Language and Literacy (SWELL)

Sing, Spell, Read, and Write (SSRW)


Soar to Success


Sonday System

Sound Reading

Sounds and Symbols Early Reading Program

Spalding Writing Road to Reading


Start Up Kit

Stepping Stones to Literacy

STEPS (Sequential teaching of Explicit Phonics and Spelling)

Stories and More

Story Comprehension to Go

Storyteller Guided Reading

Strategies the Work

Student Team Achievement Divisions (STAD)


Sullivan Program

Super QAR

Teacher Vision®

Ticket to Read


Tribes learning Communities®

Verticy Learning

Voices Reading

VoWac (Vowel Oriented Word Attack Course)


Wright Skills

Writing to Read

Struggling readers

What Works for Struggling Readers?

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Educator's summary

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Key findings

Top-rated programmes

Programmes with limited evidence

Other programmes

Review methods

Full report (218 pages)

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