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Project X Code

Project X CODE Training maximises the impact of the intervention on pupils’ achievement. High quality professional development helps teaching assistants and teachers to deliver and manage Project X CODE effectively for pupils who need support with reading.

Project X CODE Training

  • provides targeted use of Pupil Premium funds

  • supports the English curriculum

  • develops reading skills and enjoyment

  • develops teaching assistants’ subject knowledge and wider effectiveness

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How Does it Work?

Published by Oxford University Press, Project X CODE is a highly motivational series of 3D adventure books 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 30 minutes four times a week. Sessions are based on the books and help the children to overcome difficulties in reading, develop their skills and increase their enjoyment of reading.

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"The training hasn’t just helped our teaching assistant to deliver Project X CODE –

it has transformed the way she supports children’s reading in class lessons."

 Rachel Crouch, Head Teacher, St Nicholas Primary School, Oxford

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 in schools where the intervention ran without training.

  • Their comprehension scores rose by 70% - over twice the gain achieved in schools where the intervention ran 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


In partnership with Oxford University Press, training from Susie, an accredited Project X CODE Trainer, enables teaching assistants to develop a secure understanding of the intervention, as well as develop their reading subject knowledge and pedagogy, not just for Project X CODE but for all their wider work in school. 

  • 2 days' practical, interactive training from Susie - an accredited Project X CODE Trainer, covering:

    • the structure of the intervention and the sessions

    • effective strategies for delivering Project X CODE sessions

    • understanding the reading processes - decoding, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary development

    • talking with children about their reading and learning

  • A half-day training for the Link Teacher:

    • to support, manage and evaluate Project X CODE and embed it in an overall strategy to tackle underachievement in reading

  • All training materials

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