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Reading Recovery Project Squeeze


Pupil literacy standards fears over 'vital' reading programme cuts.

A landmark schools project that has been credited with helping children dramatically improve their literacy skills has been abandoned because of cutbacks, head teachers have claimed. 

A squeezing of budgets has forced primary schools to either abandon the pioneering Reading Recovery Project or reduce the number of children they can help through the scheme, it was suggested.

Under the project pupils who fall behind in class, usually at the age of five or six, are given daily one-on-one reading session with a teacher for up to 20 weeks. Research found the project had helped dramatically boost reading standards.

The study by London University’s Institute of Education concluded that following the completion of 20 weeks in the programme pupils had improved their literacy by 20 months – compared with six months for pupils on other programmes.

Tested a year later, it was shown that the children involved were keeping up in class.

“Schools are either giving it up or cutting back on the number of pupils they help," said Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.

The Telegraph, 19 September 



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