Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reading Firm Expands to Help Children

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reading Firm Expands to Help Children

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A FIRM which helps children read has rolled out its services across the country. Middlesbrough-based Sound Training for Reading developed a literacy improvement programme which helps children as far afield as London, Bristol and the Isle of Wight.

The firm was developed by Katy Parkinson, who previously worked for over 10 years at Middlesbrough Council as the senior coordinator of the authority's Learning and Language Team. She set up her own company last year to take the ideas she developed to a wider audience.

Mike Williams, business manager at Sound Training for Reading, said: "Literacy is a burning issue at the moment, both politically and educationally, and it is central to the agenda of improving children's education.

"If children struggle with literacy, it can hold them back not just in English but in subjects right across the curriculum so that is what we try to address with our programme.

"Ofsted has recently been critical about the standards of literacy in schools and is introducing a requirement for literacy skills to be taught across the curriculum, which is exactly what Sound Training for Reading does. …

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