Reading Recovery

St Margaret’s CE Primary School is a Reading Recovery School


St Margaret’s CE Primary School at Collier Street considers reading to be an absolute priority.  We have therefore taken the decision to put significant resources into Reading Recovery.

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a literacy intervention supporting the lowest achieving children in Years 1 and 2.  Research has shown that this early intervention enables all children involved to make progress, with more than four in five reaching age-expected levels within 12-20 weeks.

What does it involve?

It involves a short series of daily one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes with a specially trained teacher. Reading Recovery 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 use letter and word detail fluently without losing focus on meaning and comprehension.

How is the Reading Recovery lesson structured?

The 30 minute daily Reading Recovery Lesson includes both reading and writing

  1. Familiar Reading: re-reading familiar books provides the child with reading practice, to read fluently at a good pace with phrasing and expression and an acquaintance with a wide range of texts and language structures.
  2. New Text: reading yesterday’s new book, this time without teacher support. The Reading Recovery teacher takes a running record.
  3. Letter and Word Work: at the white board the child will do a letter sorting activity to learn to quickly discriminate between letters and engage in word breaking activities.
  4. Writing a Message: the child composes a message to be written, scaffolded by the teacher, using a range of ways of solving words when writing.
  5. Cut up the Message: reconstructing the child’s cut up story enable the child to practise searching, monitoring and checking.
  6. Introduction of the Next New Text: a new book is carefully selected by the teacher, introduced to the child and then the child attempts a first read.

Does Reading Recovery work?

Research shows that Reading Recovery achieves good results that are swift and long lasting.  In the short term, 17 out of 20 children who completed Reading Recovery caught up with their classmates within 12-20 weeks and continue to make progress.  This effect can still be seen at GCSE level, recent research states that:

Reading Recovery pupils in the bottom 5-10% of readers at age six were performing only 5% below the national average at age 16 and were twice as likely to reach an important qualification threshold as comparison group pupils.

(The Impact of Reading Recovery ten years after intervention, by J. Hurry and L. Fridkin, 2018)

In addition to this, more than 100 international research studies have evidenced the effectiveness of Reading Recovery.  It is recognized as an example of good practice in literacy education by:

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