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Accelerated Reader

A research project of the School of Education.


The project to be evaluated is a controlled trial of an intervention called Accelerated Reader, a web based programme to encourage reading for pleasure. The intervention matches pupils to possible books that will stretch and test them, and is already widely used in the UK. However, it has not been rigorously evaluated in the UK and the results from the US are mixed. The precise way in schools will implement the intervention can be allowed to vary – in intensity, frequency and duration for example. This is standard for a pragmatic trial of teaching resources used by professionals.


The project is funded by the following grant.

  • Accelerated Reader (£34600.00 from Education Endowment Foundation)


The project involves four secondary schools – Thornaby Academy, St. John’s C of E School, Broadgreen High School and Tideway School – to run randomised controlled trials of Accelerated Reader programme. The results from the four trials will be aggregated to understand the impact of Accelerated Reader on literacy attainment scores across the four schools.


From the School of Education