Reading Recovery is a research-based intervention with the prime goals of accelerating literacy learning and reducing reading and writing difficulties. This is done by targeting those students in Year One who may be at risk of developing issues in literacy as time goes on and falling behind their peers.
The programme identifies students experiencing reading and writing difficulties after their first year of school and provides an intensive, individually designed and individually delivered series of lessons for 30 minutes each day. These lessons are in addition to the ongoing literacy activities in the classroom. Reading Recovery was developed in the 1980s and is used all over the world as an effective literacy intervention. The programme is delivered by a specially trained teacher in a dedicated environment and involves reading, letter and word work and writing. The teacher aims to develop the child into a reader and writer and to give them skills and strategies to become confident and independent in the classroom.
Through intensive daily lessons, Reading Recovery generally brings the lowest literacy performers up to average classroom levels within as short a time as possible. Reading Recovery’s goal is for students to fully participate in classroom activities with their average peers.
The lesson series finishes when the child is as able to read and write without help, at the appropriate level for their age. Most children who complete Reading Recovery have gone from text Level 0 to Level 17. These children have learned four-to-five times faster than their classmates to catch up and after the intervention their progress continues in line with their peers. Children who reach this level at the end of their programme are expected to achieve a National Curriculum Level 2 at the end of Key Stage 1.