Evidence session on literacy intervention policy

04 November 2009

The Commons Science and Technology Committee holds its first evidence check on literacy interventions with a number of academic experts. Watch from 9.30 am

The Committee wrote to the Government about a number of topics asking the nature of the policy and on what evidence it is based. The Government has now replied and having considered the responses the Committee has selected literacy interventions for its first evidence check.

The witnesses are


  • Professor Bob Slavin, Director of the Institute for Effective Education, University of York
  • Jean Gross, Director, Every Child a Chance Trust
  • Professor Greg Brooks, Research Director, Sheffield National Research and Development Centre, University of Sheffield

10.15 am

  • Professor Chris Singleton, Director, Lucid Research Ltd
  • Professor Julian Elliott, Director of Research in the School of Education, Durham University
  • Shirley Cramer CBE, CEO, Dyslexia Action

During this inquiry 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
  • the evidence base for diagnosing dyslexia and teaching dyslexic children to read

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