Early Intervention Project (EIP)

*Completed project*

The one-year Early Intervention Project (2015-16) is funded by the DfE and run by the British Dyslexia Association in partnership with Dyslexia Action and Springboard for Children.

In part, the project was conceived as a continuation of the previous Sound Check project; however, it aims to take the original design further by exploring the effectiveness of training teachers and teaching assistants to deliver the Sound Check intervention.

A further aim is the development and piloting of a 3 tier certification framework to provide a graduated route towards a whole school policy for supporting children with literacy difficulties. The framework, comprising Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, encourages, recognizes and celebrates best practice, enabling schools to deliver high quality provision and effective interventions.

43 schools across England are taking part in the project:

  • 3 schools receiving training in an Early Years pilot;
  • 6 schools in Hull/Scarborough receiving the Sound Check intervention and training to lead to Bronze Level certification;
  • 15 further Bronze Level schools;
  • 16 Silver Level schools;
  • 3 Gold Level schools, 1 each in Manchester, Leeds and Swindon.


All teachers are teachers of SEND (Awareness of dyslexia) (pptx)

Early Years at Risk Checklist (docx)

Primary School Dyslexia Checklist (docx)

Building an identification toolkit: portfolio version (pptx)

Early years training power point (pptx)

Literacy Leap framework criteria (docx)

Literacy Leap framework (docx)

Parent and Carer Workshop (pptx)

Volunteer Management Manual for Schools (pdf)

Parents holiday booklet (pdf)

Final report - March 2016 (pdf)