Xynics enabled the Corby Learning Partnership to gather actionable insight on children’s attitude to reading.

The Corby Learning Partnership works closely with the Corby educational establishments to better understand the reading habits and literacy of local children in full time education. The Corby Reads project was established to gather and collate the intelligence with a view to directing funding to the children’s and group where support was required. 

Xynics were engaged as a strategic partner in the project to help design a survey which was fun yet simple to follow to ensure that a significant number of children would complete it.  ClickSurvey was used to build and deploy the survey for completion via the internet and a paper version distributed to schools without internet access.  The project was run over a three year period with all results collected in a centralised database to be analysed, with comprehensive reports created for each school and age group.

The Corby Learning Partnership and Local Educational Authorities utilised these reports to strategically distribute funds to support those students in most need of assistance with literacy. 

Following cuts in funding the Corby Learning Partnership was downsized however Sue Dixon the consultant has since formed a business entirely around the literacy subject.


  • The research provided a clearer understanding of literacy within the local schools.
  • Additional funding was allocated where the most need was identified.
  • The follow up survey confirmed the successful execution of the project with an identifiable uplift in literacy where the money was spent.

Sue Dixon – Thinking Child
External consultant to the Corby Learning Partnership

“The support that Xynics gave to me during a three year literacy project in Corby was invaluable. Their expertise and support enabled the project to capture baseline data about children’s attitudes to reading and the ideas that were or were not working in schools at the start. It was all performed in a clear and understandable format that could be accessed and analysed quickly and easily by young children (which meant more high quality useable data was likely to be captured from busy schools).

The Xynics team further helped us with online tools to ask schools to supply follow up data, following months of creative projects run off the back of our survey, analysing the key findings for us and helping to publish a final report. Xynics always kept to deadlines and provided excellent on-going support.”

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