Project X CODE

Project X Code

Project X CODE Training maximises the impact on pupils’ achievement.

High quality professional development helps teaching assistants and teachers to deliver and manage Project X CODE effectively for pupils in Years 2 to 4 who need support with reading.

Project X CODE Training

  • provides targeted use of the Pupil Premium
  • supports the new National Curriculum for English
  • develops reading skills and enjoyment
  • develops teaching assistants’ subject knowledge and wider effectiveness
  • provides detailed evidence of progress and impact

How Does it Work?

Project X CODE is a highly motivational series of 3D adventure books published by Oxford University Press, based on a structured progression of phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Teaching and Assessment Handbooks with detailed session notes support a trained teaching assistant or teacher to teach a small group of children for half an hour four times a week. Sessions are based on the books and help the children to overcome difficulties, develop their skills and enjoy reading.

Impact on Achievement

Over 5,000 pupils in Years 1 to 8 have been supported by trained teaching assistants with Project X CODE in 400 schools.

  • They made an average Reading Age gain of 12 months after 4.5 months of support by trained teaching assistants - almost 70% more than the gain achieved without training.
  • Their comprehension scores rose by 70% - over twice the gain achieved without training.

“Teaching Project X CODE is the highlight of my day - seeing how much the children enjoy their learning and watching their self-confidence grow.”

Teaching Assistant, Belmont Primary School, Bexley.


Training by an accredited ECC Trainer enables teaching assistants to adapt sessions to meet children’s needs and develops their reading subject knowledge and pedagogy, not just for Project X CODE but for all their work in school. They can move on to further accredited academic study.

Training for teachers enables them to support, manage and evaluate Project X CODE and embed it in an overall strategy to tackle underachievement in reading.

Resources and Support

  • Teaching resources
  • Online guidance and downloadable resources
  • A standardised reading test to measure impact
  • Access to the ECC data system, providing detailed analyses of impact and children’s progress
  • Telephone and e-mail support from ECC and the Trainer

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