Front cover of The Power of Reading in the Early Years
Created: 18th September, 2023

The Power of Reading in the Early Years Report 2023

This is the summary of research on the Mercers funded Early Years Project, in partnership with CLPE and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and evaluated by the Institute of Employment Studies and Sutton Trust

This project (spanning 3 years) focused on improving young children’s communication and language development in early years settings and reducing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and built on CLPE’s evidence-based Power of Reading programme with its emphasis on quality texts. Thirty-two schools from three London boroughs were involved and reached 88 teachers and 1,461 Reception as well as Nursery pupils. The schools were selected because they all had high indicators of social deprivation.