http://m.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11779558 ... ect_fails/
Reading further, we learn that the 'scheme' that left children ''unable to read'' was Solity's KRM programme:A SCHEME set up by Oxford City Council to improve reading in primary schools has been dubbed a “shambles” after it emerged all six schools have dropped out before its completion.
Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for education Melinda Tilley warned children in the city have been left “unable to read” because the city council decided to launch its own three-year reading programme, at a cost of £505,000, rather than taking up a county council scheme.
'mao' flagged up this article because he noticed that Jonathan Solity is going to be speaking at the Dyslexia Ireland conference in April. The subject of his talk is:The city council appointed psychological and educational research consultants KRM in 2012 to help improve on 2010’s poor Key Stage 1 results, the worst in reading and writing in the country.
But it emerged that all six schools on the KRM reading programme – John Henry Newman, St John Fisher, East Oxford, Pegasus, Windale, and Orchard Meadow – had dropped out two years into the three-year scheme.
Mrs Tilley said: “I’m really upset there are children who still can’t read in the city because the city council didn’t follow our programme.
“I asked the city council if they wanted to come in on our reading programme and they didn’t say yes or no. Then they went on and started their own programme and lorded it over us saying we weren’t doing our jobs properly.
“The reason it [the scheme] failed was because it wasn’t purely reading, it was based on lots of psychometric testing which causes kids to lose interest.
“Now I’m stuck with trying to help the city’s children and I don’t know if we can now get any more money to do it.”
City councillor Mohammed AltafKhan, a Liberal Democrat member of the scrutiny committee, said: “It’s a shambles; we’re not getting the results we should be.
It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money.
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The 'county council scheme', turned down by the city council, was Project X.
The county council claim that ''Children taking part in [Project X] raised their reading age by 13 months after only four months''The county council’s reading campaign, Project X, was backed by the Oxford Mail and ran in more than 60 primary schools across Oxfordshire for two years, from 2012 to 2014, costing a total of £600,000.
No evidence is provided for this claim.
Here's what Diane McGuinness had to say about OUP's research study that they used to promote Project X.
http://www.rrf.org.uk/messageforum/view ... f=1&t=5467