Evidence Check 1: Early Literacy Interventions

This inquiry has now reported

Report published

The Committee published 'Evidence Check 1: Early Literacy Interventions' (PDF 1.10 MB), HC 44, Second Report of Session 2009-10 on Friday 18 December 2009. The report includes the oral and written evidence.

The Government response (PDF 989.43 KB) was published on 4 March 2010.

Terms of Reference

In preparation for the establishment of the Science and Technology Committee on 1 October, the former IUSS Committee commissioned work to assess the Government's use of evidence in policy-making. The Committee wrote to the Government on a number of topics and asked two questions: (1) What is the policy? (2) On what evidence is the policy based? The Government has now replied and having considered the responses the Committee has selected Literacy Interventions for its first Evidence Check.

The first Evidence Check will consist of two sessions on 4th and 9th of November. The Committee invites short submissions by Monday 26 October on the issues that the Committee will be exploring:

  • the Government's policy on literacy interventions for school children with reading difficulties;
  • the evidence base for the Every Child a Reader and Making Good Progress programmes;
  • the definition of dyslexia; and
  • the evidence base for diagnosing dyslexia and teaching dyslexic children to read.

Oral evidence

Monday 9 November 2009:
Ms Diana R. Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools, and Carole Willis, Director of Research and Analysis, Department for Children, Schools and Families

Wednesday 4 November 2009:
Professor Bob Slavin, Director of the Institute for Effective Education, University of York, Jean Gross, Director, Every Child a Chance Trust, and Professor Greg Brooks, Research Director, Sheffield National Research and Development Centre, University of Sheffield;
Dr Chris Singleton, Director, Lucid Research Ltd, and Senior Research Fellow, University of Hull, Professor Julian Elliott, Director of Research in the School of Education, Durham University, and Shirley Cramer CBE, CEO, Dyslexia Action


  • Close


    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.
No results found.