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Supporting Parents on Kids Education in Schools (SPOKES) is a free Ready for School programme for children in Key Stage 1. It is a 9 week course where parents can learn skills to support their children and help them become more confident with their listening, talking, reading and writing.
The SPOKES research trial ran from January 2013 to December 2014 and involved 808 parents of year 1 children from 68 primary schools across Plymouth, Saltash and Torbay. Results from the randomised controlled trial run by the University of Oxford showed that the programme significantly:
(i) Improved Key Stage 1 literacy scores:
(ii) Improved Single Word Reading for boys only:
(iii) Improved Word Attack for boys only:
(iv) Changes the parents’ support for literacy at home:
Due to the success of the programme, since September 2017 PIAS (Plymouth Information, Advice and Support) parenting team have offered SPOKES to primary schools in Plymouth.
By the end of the course, parents will be able to support their child to:
Groups of Key Stage 1 parents meet once a week at school over 9 weeks for two and a half hours. Free books and other items, such as magnetic letters and puppet packs are given to parents to use with their children.
In addition to being fun, the SPOKES programme has been shown to help children make above expected progress including Key Stage 1 literacy scores for all children.
If you are a parent or a school and would like to find out more, please contact Jo Best, SPOKES Coordinator for further details on 01752 258933 (Option 2) or email: email@example.com
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