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Reading Difficulties and Teaching Reading Survey

Jul 27, 2023

Requests for Reading Survey Participants

Professor Dominic Wyse, Rosanne Esposito and Emma Sumner from the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society are carrying out research to improve practice and policy for children with reading difficulties.

The deadline for responses is 11th August 2023.

Helping children to avoid or overcome reading difficulties is one of the most important things that schools do but the profession does not know enough about how teachers currently do this.

The teaching of reading has attracted new education policies so IOE UCL are interested in finding out what is currently happening in primary schools, and what teacher’s views are about teaching children with reading difficulties, and teaching reading more generally.

Who is the survey aimed at?

UCL are interested to hear from people who have expertise in working with primary children with reading difficulties, particularly teachers, specialist teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs, and school leaders.

What will happen if you choose to take part?

UCL state that if you take part in this study you will complete an online questionnaire. This is made up of three short sections:

  1. Your teaching background;
  2. Questions about your school/workplace context; and
  3. Your approach to teaching reading.

The survey involves a mixture of closed and open-ended questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

What will happen to the results of the research? 

UCL will analyse the survey responses as statistics and summaries of comments to understand some of the main issues and trends in teaching children with reading difficulties, and teaching reading more generally. They intend to publish findings from the analyses in academic papers and in relevant publications for practitioners.


This survey is independent of Generate Teaching Hub. We are sharing the details to support the advancement of understanding by educators, in order to improve professional development and ultimately the quality of teaching to children. Participation is entirely voluntary.

If there are queries please contact IOE UCL direct: Dominic Wyse at


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