Institute of Education


Approaches to early reading interventions

Start: Dec 12, 2017 05:30 PM
End: Dec 12, 2017 06:30 PM

Location: Room 728, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Rob Savage

This year the Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice (LLNR&P) annual Christmas lecture will be given by Professor Rob Savage, Head of the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

The topic of this year’s annual lecture will be on best practice for literacy interventions aimed at making the opaque nature of the English language more manifest to young readers.

Professor Savage will present recent work that has explored the effects of early intervention inspired by response-to-intervention models, using large-scale field-experiment designs.

One study explored whether best-practice ‘tier 2’ phonic work could be optimised using a novel dynamic phonic approach for ‘at-risk’ grade 1 (year 1) children. Significant effects of reading interventions were found on several literacy measures and were evident at delayed post-tests. These patterns transferred across from English to French in children who were educated in a dual language context. Another study assessed other theory-driven approaches to support word reading skills of ‘at-risk’ grade 2 (year 2) children.

About the speaker

Professor Rob Savage joined the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) as Head of the Department of Psychology and Human Development in September 2017. He was previously an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and has published over 90 research articles in international journals exploring children’s early reading and spelling strategies, in both typical and atypical development.


The lecture is free to attend and will be followed by a drinks reception from 18:30.

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Nelly Joye at nelly.joye.14@ucl.ac.uk