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Our work in primary schools

Our work in primary schools started in 2013. With funding from the London Schools Excellence Fund we have been able to work with primary schools across North Westminster, Brent and North Kensington.

Details on LSEF programmes can be found on their website: http://goo.gl/pAzmVi

The Butterfly Reading Programme is delivered by Real Action’s trained Butterfly Practitioners in classes during school time. Pupils are usually withdrawn from their normal classes to attend the Butterfly classes for one hour sessions twice a week. We also provide high quality Butterfly training, consultation, support and advice to teachers. Our objective is to radically raise the literacy attainment levels of the children and to embed Butterfly teaching practices in the schools we work with. For our work in primary schools we use the following books:

  • The Butterfly Book (a synthetic phonics course book)
  • The Butterfly Grammar Book (a structured grammar course book)
  • The Junior Butterfly Reader (a structured course book to develop reading comprehension and vocabulary)

Our services for primary schools are currently free of charge. If you would like further information on our work in primary schools or you would like to discuss the possibility of working with us then please contact Jemma at: jemma@realaction.org.uk

What the teachers say:

  • “I can’t believe how much progress some of the children have made. Please pass my thanks onto their teachers!!”

  • “I was working in a room off the meeting room so overheard the Butterfly class – there were some really interesting conversations/debates happening and the children all had lots of answers to share – all very lovely!”

  • “I would like to thank you and your team for your continued support and dedication in ensuring our children get good quality reading lessons. I would like to say the impact has been amazing and 7/9 have made accelerated progress in their reading this term. Please do share this with your staff” 

Results so far:

Analysis of the results for the 1st phase – Spring/Summer 2014

School Number of pupils Average number
of hours of intervention received per pupil (hours:minutes)
Average
progress in reading age in months- Holborn*
Average
progress in reading age in months- SWRT*
School 1 38 10:52 5 13
School 2 44 11:25 8 1
School 3 34 12:12 3 3
School 4 53 23:14 19 13
School 5 105 24:28 12 2
Total 274 16:26 9.4 6.4

Analysis of the results for the 2nd phase – Spring 2015

School Number of pupils Average number
of hours of intervention received per pupil (hours:minutes)
Average progress in reading age in months- Holborn* Average progress in reading age in months- SWRT*
School 6 15 21:01 12 15
School 7 28 23:05 16 15
School 8 7 13:00 10 11
School 2 17 25:41 9 12
Total to date 67 20:41 11.75 13.25

For the 2015 summer term we continued to work with 4 schools and over 100 children. The results are pending- watch this space! If you would like to run this programme in your school, please contact us.

* Holborn – Sentence reading test to examine decoding skills
  SWRT – Single word reading test to examine decoding skills