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C4EO report: Effective classroom strategies for children and young people living in poverty

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's services reports on effective classroom strategies for closing the gap in educational achievement for children and young people living in poverty, including white working-class boys. It drew upon a wealth of evidence from the UK and overseas to provide practical recommendations for the classroom, proven to work across subjects and key stages.

Key points from the study:

  • The goal of teaching in primary school is to ensure that all pupils are 'fluent, strategic and joyful readers'
  • Children need to be this by the end of Year 1 for their life chances not to be affected
  • The most powerful improvements in achievement are produced through the use of well-specified, well-supported and well-implemented programmes, incorporating professional development throughout
  • Structured phonics-based approaches work better than non phonics-based approaches
  • One-to-one tutoring by teaching assistants produces positive outcomes when the they are well trained and use structured phonics materials
  • Classroom management strategies that are proven to close the gap include a rapid pace of instruction, using pupil responses and developing a common language for discipline
  • Early childhood programmes with explicit emergent literacy instruction provide the greatest improvements in school readiness.

Read the full report here: