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Our Reading Recovery Centre

Grafton Primary School opened a new Reading Recovery Centre in September 2018.

As a special offer and for one year only, the centre will be offering Reading Recovery training for £1000 (September 2018 start).  The normal cost of this training is £2940.

To apply for a place on the course or for more information please contact:

L Harding

Teacher Leader at Grafton Reading Recovery Centre

What is 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.

Evidence for the effectiveness of Reading Recovery:

Institute for Effective Education (University of York, 2018)

 Reading Recovery has been rated as ‘strong’ for primary reading. This is the highest possible rating and lets educators know that the intervention has a good chance of improving pupils’ outcomes if implemented as designed. 

In the USA, a 4 year randomised Control Trial (the gold standard for research)  revealed medium to large impacts across all outcome measures. The evaluation revealed that students who participated in Reading Recovery significantly outperformed students in the control group on measures of overall reading, reading comprehension, and decoding.The growth rate observed in students who participated in Reading Recovery over approximately a five-month period was 131 percent of the national average rate for 1st-grade students. Those results were similar in a subgroup of English Language Learners. With 6,888 student participants, the RCT is among the largest such studies ever conducted. Its rigorous design and large sample offer strong evidence of the effects of Reading Recovery on the short-term progress of struggling students.

CPRE Year 2 report on reading recovery i3 project

What Works Clearinghouse (USA) -Effect sizes place Reading Recovery in the upper echelon in terms of overall impact among interventions targeted for beginning readers.Reading Recovery received the highest marks from the What Works Clearinghouse, a division of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Of the 153 beginning reading programs reviewed, only Reading Recovery was found to have positive effects across all four literacy domains and only Reading Recovery received the highest possible rating for general reading achievement.