Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Catch-Up Lessons Are Going Down: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Catch-Up Lessons Are Going Down: News

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Reading Recovery suffers from removal of dedicated funding.

The number of schools offering intensive catch-up lessons to children who struggle with reading has plummeted following the removal of dedicated funding, it has emerged.

Research released today shows that Reading Recovery, which was at the core of the last Labour government's Every Child a Reader programme, results in long-lasting improvements in pupils' abilities.

But analysis by the European Centre for Reading Recovery - based at the University of London's Institute of Education - shows schools are turning their back on the scheme.

Reading Recovery is a course lasting up to 20 weeks aimed at those children furthest behind with reading when they are in their first year of primary school. The annual monitoring report shows for the first time that not only did the vast majority of pupils catch up with their classmates while doing the course, but that the effects lasted until Year 6: of the participants, 95 per cent achieved level 3 at the end of primary school, while 78 per cent reached level 4. …

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