Research Evidence

Children gained an average of 2 years in reading age after 120 trainertext visual phonics lessons.

Open University randomised control trial of Easyread

The Open University collected data on Easyread in six London schools between October 2011 and June 2013, through a randomized control trial (RCT). The trial was managed by Professor David Messer with the assistance of Dr Gilly Nash. Results show that children who were on average 2 years behind in reading age caught up to the national standard within 120 lessons. That’s an average gain of 2 years reading age in around 6 months of daily lessons.

You can see the published article in the Journal of Research in Reading.

RCT study setup

100 children were split randomly between an Easyread Group and a Control Group. Due to various children leaving the school, the two groups ended up showing a different average start point, despite being originally equal in reading age. The Easyread group in fact begain with a lower initial reading age.


Easyread group gains

Over the first 12 months, the Easyread Group achieved the national standard in reading for their age after doing around 120 lessons (4-6 months). Meanwhile the Control Group continued their reading plateau.

Control group gains

In Phase 2, the Control Group learners started the Easyread intervention. After 6 months, the Control group had done around 50 lessons and caught up to reading age expectation. These kinds of results are nearly unparalleled in the field.

Research references

Trainertext visual phonics may be a new innovation, but it is strongly underpinned by neurological research into literacy, dyslexia, visual processing, and phonics. We are constantly reading new material to stay current, and are always happy to share reading recommendations if you are interested in diving deeper. Click for a full reading reading list to get you started.

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