The Impact of Move4words on Reading Age

Outcomes of School Trials

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Question: Did reading age increase after the Move4words programme?

Answer: Pupils in Years 3 to 8 experienced a statistically significant improvement in reading age.

The largest improvements in reading age were gained by pupils who initially had very large reading delays (reading age between three and six years less than their actual age) with an average 8-fold improvement in reading progress.

Reading age improved almost four times faster during the Move4words programme than before, for 265 below-average readers.

Reading age improved two-and-a-half times faster during the Move4words programme than before, for 218 above-average readers.

Controlled trials: Three separate controlled trials show that the improvement in reading age experienced by pupils who did Move4words is significantly better than for pupils who did not. Effect sizes for initially poor readers are consistently medium to large (average = 0.7).

Overview paper on reading age with headline graphs

Controlled trial with Year 4 children

Reading age changes for Year 5 children

Controlled trial with Year 6 children

Reading age changes for Year 7 students

Reading age changes for Year 8 students