Literacy Gold Trial Results

Program Engaging Eyes Spelling Tutor Fluency Builder Reading Unlocked
Avg Improvement 12 months (Reading) 10.5 Months (Spelling) 7.5 Months (Reading) 14 Months (Reading)
Age Range KS1, KS2 (6 - 11 year olds) Y4 - Y9 (8 - 14 year olds) KS2 (7 - 11 year olds) KS1 - KS2 (5 - 11 year olds)
No. of Pupils 402 pupils from 49 schools 40 pupils from 4 schools 53 pupils from 7 schools 45 pupils from 18 schools
Length of Intervention 3 Months
Research Design One group pre-test/post-test study
Inclusion Criteria Pupils were all identified by their SENCO as having a reading age of at least 12 months behind their chronological age
Test Used New Salford Reading Test Vernon Spelling Test New Salford Reading Test New Salford Reading Test

Executive Summary

Literacy Gold is a suite of programs primarily for children with SEN. Three programs focus on reading, one on spelling and one on times tables. They are all designed to be calm, engaging and effective.

Three of the programs, Engaging Eyes, Fluency Builder and Spelling Tutor were subjected to formal trials during 2018. A further trial, in 2019, was planned for Engaging Eyes and Fluency Builder. Unfortunately, due to school closures, only the Engaging Eyes was completed.

Key Conclusions

  1. 98% of struggling readers cannot sustain convergence (focus both eyes on the same point for a period of time).
  2. Playing Engaging Eyes for 10 or more times improves the average reading speed and reading age of pupils.
  3. Playing Fluency Builder for even a short amount of time improves reading age.
  4. Playing Spelling Tutor for 10 or more times improves spelling age.
  5. The intervention is suitable for pupils with English as an Additional Language.
  6. Daily interventions within the school environment need to be prioritised to allow pupils to make swift progress.


Literacy Gold goes beyond phonics to create fluent readers and writers.

All children have made accelerated progress - some now have a reading age higher than their chronological age.

Eileen Maceachem, SENCo
Mile Cross Primary School, Norwich

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