International Literacy Centre


About Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest achieving children aged five or six that enables them to reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks.

It involves a short series of one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes every day with a specially trained teacher. The programme is different for every child, starting from what the child knows and what he/she needs to learn next. The focus of each lesson is to comprehend messages in reading and construct messages in writing, learning how to attend to detail without losing focus on meaning.

What difference does Reading Recovery make?

With Reading Recovery:

• you will be able to identify children with literacy difficulties early and offer a means of resolving them

• you can be sure that the lowest attaining children will succeed in literacy

• you will not just narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged children, you will close it

• you will see improved opportunities for all pupils, as classes move through the school with no children who cannot read or write

• you will have a highly skilled literacy expert who can share their knowledge with the whole school staff

• you will have access to detailed diagnostic assessment that will help to determine the learning needs of the few children who need longer term support

• you will reduce the demand for costly special educational needs provision.