Making it REAL – Raising Early Achievement in Literacy

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CLD leads

Jo Gordon: jgordon3@lambeth.gov.uk   07545862479

Jacqui McDermid: jmcdermid@lambeth.gov.uk  07525061850

What is Making it REAL training?

Making it REAL is a service that helps parents support their children’s literacy and reading development. Making it REAL aims to build the confidence of parents in how they can support children’s literacy and early communication and language within the home and in their local neighbourhood. 

Making it REAL draws evidence from the original REAL project delivered by Professors Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Hannon at the University of Sheffield.

REAL uses a framework called ‘ORIM’ (Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and Model), which is based on the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help their children’s literacy development.

Settings taking part in the service decide which families would most benefit from being involved in it.

Who is the training for?

Practitioners working with early years families in the LEAP wards.

Focus of the training

The primary purpose of Making it REAL is to support parents in looking at activities they can do to support their child's literacy at home, including learning about the four strands of literacy:

  • Books
  • early writing
  • environmental print (signs, logos, shops etc)
  • and oral language.

Making it REAL

What is the offer to practitioners?

A practical support package for instances where there is a concern with a child's speech or they have limited interest in early literacy activities (i.e. looking at books, singing rhymes, early mark making) and parents are unsure on how they can support their children.


Making it REAL training also introduces the principle of 'ORIM' which is the idea that there are four main ways in which parents can help their children's literacy development through:

  • providing opportunities for literacy,
  • recognising children's achievements,
  • interacting and
  • modelling literacy use.

Wider LEAP services linked to this area

How do I take part?

Communication and Language Co-Lead

Jacqui McDermid 

jmcdermid@lambeth.gov.uk 

07525 061 850

RAISING EARLY ACHIEVEMENT IN LITERACY

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