University of Sheffield with Sheffield and Kirklees Nursery and Pre-School staff

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 2013 Impact Award: Supporting parents to raise their children’s literacy Sheffield University with practitioners in nursery and pre-schools in Sheffield and Kirklees

This involved working with 20 early-years practitioners to adapt the family literacy framework ORIM (Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Models). Practitioner workshops enabled the families they were working with to raise children’s literacy achievements. The original 20 practitioners shared their work resulting in around 300 practitioners getting involved, between them reaching 6,000 families.

This work is part of a long-term research programme, started in 1995, through which the ORIM framework was developed. The innovation in the latest stage of the project is the focus on working with the practitioners in a Sheffield Nursery School whose catchment is in one of the most deprived areas in the City. These staff then trained other practitioners.

Kirklees Council has also adopted the same programme in three pre-school settings, with similar ambitions for dissemination.

This is an instance where engagement with local public services is intrinsic to the research.


Professor Cathy Nutbrown:

ESRC Impact Prize winner 2013: Outstanding Impact in Society

Professor Professor Cathy Nutbrown, University of Sheffield