What was the impact on the children?

Share Bears

Case studies at School A, Cycles 1 & 2 showed that children who attended Share Bears had made more progress across book bands than children who did not attend.

100% of the children who attended Share Bears in the case study for School A (Cycles 1 & 2) were recognised as ‘regular home readers’ (3 times a week or more) by their class teacher.

Case study children in School A that attended Share Bears recorded higher scores for ‘Speaking’, ‘Listening & Attention’ and ‘Understanding’ from the EYFS profile, than children who did not attend. They also recorded a higher average increase on their starting scores as a group in these areas, than the children who did not attend.

Consequently, the majority of children who attended the Share Bears programme continue regularly read at home, and make good progress in reading within Year 1, with the vast majority of attendees in Cycle A on track to pass their phonics test this year (statistics on request). This is in stark contrast to their initial baseline assessment on entry to school, where the majority of attendees were assessed as below average in Communication, Language and Literacy on entry to Year R.

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