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Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Lexia Evaluation Report on KS1 Struggling Readers:

‘Children offered Lexia made the equivalent of two additional months’ progress in reading, on average, compared to other children. These results have a high security rating’

In addition, subgroup analysis on FSM pupils represented an effect of three months’ additional progress.

To read the full report, click here.

St. Joseph’s Primary School Star User Interview with Mel Bradshaw 

Why did you decide to purchase Lexia?

Our head teacher and Key Stage 1 leader attended the LexiaUK Event in Middlesbrough. The Head Teacher was familiar with Lexia before the event but noticed a lot of improvements and the Key Stage 1 leader was very impressed with the program. From going to the event, the decision was made to purchase Lexia. We had a free trial to start off with as well, so as a school found that very useful. We had already identified children, so during the trial period we all had the chance to see what it was like and we were all impressed with Lexia, so that is why the school decided to make the purchase.

What do you feel makes Lexia stand apart from other reading skills software products on the market?

It is very child centred, for every child it is targeting their individual needs and as a teacher it is really easy to see where the gaps are. I’m finding it really useful in Year 1, as Lexia allows me to target whole class or individual students either in phonics or Lexia sessions. It has highlighted the importance of identifying and plugging those gaps before we move on, as sometimes we can move on too quickly for children and then in hindsight you look and think actually they couldn’t do it, whereas Lexia makes it very apparent what they can and can’t do.  I use the Lexia reports to influence my phonics planning but I’m also beginning to use it in my Literacy lessons and in targeted sessions as well.

Can you provide a general overview of how you use Lexia?

We purchased 100 student Lexia licences for Lexia. We used the trial whole school and this year have targeted children in Years 1 to 5 who need additional literacy support, with timetabled Lexia sessions. Those who need it more often, will either have additional time on the program or will work through a Lexia lesson with TA support. Where we have remaining licences, students in Year 6 who need some additional support will access the program.

Have you noticed a positive impact on students?

Those students who used Lexia in Year 1 have continued to use in Year 2 and are still really excited about using it. All students are aware of the levels they are on and are always eager to move on to a new level.  The current Year 1 students didn’t use it much in reception but are into the swing of it now. We’re finding that the students are starting to use Lexia in their reading and beginning to apply learned skills to their writing. Across the school, teachers are using Lexia to remind children of, for example, letter names and capital letters. We are always referring back to Lexia within lessons and use the resources provided.

How useful have you found the Lexia reports in terms of demonstrating progression and informing planning?

I find the reports really useful especially at the beginning of the year as it directly identifies key areas of what the children know and do not know, allowing us to be able to immediately adapt our lessons. The Lexia reports allow us to target individuals, small groups and even a whole class.

Why is Lexia successful in your school?   

Lexia is working really well in our school at the moment, all staff are aware of their children’s needs and Lexia ensures we are identifying gaps and teaching to fill those gaps. All teachers are doing it as they should be and it is timetabled and structured across school. The children really enjoy using Lexia as it is engaging and enjoyable for them.  We love that it personalises and branches according to individual student needs.