It really is depressing how bad most educational research is. The Clackmannanshire farce is a prime example: all it proved was that when you give a fairly small number of children intensive coaching their scores improve. Well whoop-de-flipping-doo.
Meanwhile in the real world, as synthetic phonics becomes mandatory and the publishers laugh all the way to their banks, reading ability at the end of primary school is deteriorating measurably. So much for the "all children will be three or four years ahead" guff the Clackmannanshire enthusiasts sell us.
Brain Gym is discredited. Can someone please do Mindfulness next?