Evidence Base for the Learning Together Programme

The evidence base for the programme has been established by the Birth to School Study, an independent, six-year longitudinal evaluation carried out by the University of Oxford with a sample of over 600 families.

The Learning Together Programme aims to improve children’s cognitive and social development by working with their parents. There fore, the study investigated the effects of the programme on parents as well as on children. The six-year span of the families who has participated in the learning Together Programme were compared to similar families who had participated in the Learning Together Programme were compared to similar families who had not received the programme. The Children were assessed each year using standardised instruments included, measure of language, literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional development.

The study found that children who attended Peep groups made better progress in a set of outcomes related to early literacy development than children who did not attend, and that they had higher self-esteem. As well as contributing to their own development and relationships, these characteristics help children make the most of school as they grow older.

Evangelou, M., Brooks, G., Smith, S. (207) The birth to school study; evidence on the effectiveness of PEEP, an early intervention for children at risk of educational under-achievement. Oxford Review of Education {online}.33 (5). 581-609. DOI: 10.1080/03054980701476477

Evangeloi, M., Brooks, G., Smith, S and Jenkins, D. (205) Birth to school study: A longitudinal evaluation of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) 1998 – 205. Ref: SSU/2005/FR/017. London, Dfes Publications