Our small, dedicated educational charity, Real Action, was founded in 1997 and became a registered charity in 1998. Based in the Queen’s Park ward of Westminster, Real Action was set up by members of the community it serves so as to effectively identify and address the educational needs of a deprived inner-city community, beset by the criminality of child gangs who roamed the Mozart Estate in north Westminster – and were found to be illiterate. The documented, proven, the success of nearly 3,000 primary age children taught to read by our unique, replicable, synthetic phonics Butterfly method since 1999 suggests that educational disadvantage need not result from economic disadvantage.
We know what we do works: we have been teaching this at our Saturday schools for fifteen years, helping to support disadvantaged children who would otherwise fall behind their reading ages.
As a result of our unique, synthetic phonics method, children’s’ reading ages improve, on average, by 12 months in an average 20 hours’ Butterfly teaching.