Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) is a programme funded by the Department of Education to improve the quality of early education and care of young children.
REAL builds on achievements from the previous two years of the Making it REAL programme that was rolled out to children’s centres and schools across the country and made a huge difference to both children and families.
Our study will explore the impact of REAL on the skills, knowledge and confidence of children, parents and practitioners.
We will use qualitative and quantitative methods that will include interviews with practitioners and parents and an analysis of information collected from child observations, surveys and training feedback forms.
Our findings are available in our evaluation report of Year Three.
Previous evaluation reports for Year One and Year Two of the programmes showed improvements in children’s literacy outcomes, and parents and practitioners’ knowledge and skills for supporting children’s learning in the home.
Our findings from Year One showed that:
- The project strongly contributed to improved literacy outcomes for children and wider benefits to their development including early identification of their additional needs and increased referrals to specialist services.
- Parents improved their confidence in their role as early educators, which helped them to do more to support children with early literacy and improved their relationships with early years staff.
- Practitioners improved their knowledge and confidence in working with parents to support children’s literacy as well as their wider work.