Reading Recovery is an early intervention designed to reduce literacy problems in any education system. The specially designed series of lessons, individually planned and delivered, provides intensive help for children who fail to make sufficient progress in reading and writing after one year in school.
The goal of Reading Recovery is to enable the lowest achieving children to return to working with the average band in their classes and to continue to progress successfully.
Reading Recovery is delivered by teachers trained on a year-long Inservice basis to administer a series of tests, analyse these tests to find a starting point and then design the 30 minute daily lessons according to the needs of each child.
How do teachers become trained Reading Recovery teachers?
Learning Support teachers can become Reading Recovery teachers by participating in the year long Inservice training led by a recognised Teacher Leader, who has undertaken training with the International Trainers and Coordinators in the Institute of Education, London. Currently, Reading Recovery is offered to schools with Disadvantaged status and then to schools where need has been identified by schools and local Inspectorate teams.
What happens in the Training year?
The training year consists of two full training days during which the teachers are trained to become familiar with the Assessment tools and how to analyse these. The rest of the year consists of eighteen sessions usually planned at fortnightly intervals. Throughout the training, the teachers in turn, bring a child along to the Teachers Centre to be taught behind the special one-way screen. As the child is taught, the training group on the other side, discuss the learning, progress and theory behind the lessons which is then fed forward to the teachers, to help them teach towards independence and shifts in the child’s understanding and ability.
Which children are chosen?
Children between the ages of five years nine months and six years and three months who indicate from the Assessment tests that they have gaps in their understanding, knowledge and ability to progress successfully and who have completed three terms at school.
Reading Recovery in St. Finnachtas NS
We, in St. Finnachta’s NS are delighted to offer this intervention to the pupils. The programme started initially in 2011 with one teacher being trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher. It has continued into 2012 with a remarkable level of success. We expect to train more teachers into the future and provide this service to a even greater number of children.