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Evaluating the effectiveness of the National Literacy Strategy in Newcastle upon Tyne primary schools: identifying indicators of success

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Fay SmithORCiD, Dr Frank Hardman


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In 1998, the Government introduced the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) in all primary schools in England in a bid to raise literacy standards. The first cohort of primary schools in the northern Local Education Authority (n = 19) implemented the project in January 1997, the second cohort (n = 20) began in September 1997. Each cohort consisted of three different year groups (Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6). The aim of this project was to focus upon exam results from these schools and thereby identify possible predictors of success (e.g. socio-economic status, age of pupils, teaching and learning style). We looked at differences within and between each cohort. We also carried out in-depth case studies of three northern schools. Each case-study involved interviews with key staff. The wider implications of the findings for the implementation of the NLS and for the training needs of teachers are considered.

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Author(s): Smith F, Hardman F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Educational Studies

Year: 1999

Volume: 26

Issue: 3

Pages: 365-378

ISSN (print): 0013-1946

ISSN (electronic): 1532-6993

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/03055690050137169

Notes: A report for Newcastle Local Education Authority


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