Reading Recovery

More on this review

For more on the review of the Reading Recovery programme, read the BEE review of primary reading.

More on Reading Recovery

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Primary schools

Reading Recovery has strong evidence of effectiveness in primary schools.

Secondary schools

Reading Recovery is not designed for use with secondary students.

About Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an early intervention tutoring programme for pupils aged 6 and 7 who are experiencing difficulty in their beginning reading instruction. The programme provides the lowest achieving readers (lowest 20%) with supplemental tutoring in addition to their normal reading classes. Pupils participating in Reading Recovery receive daily 30-minute one-to-one lessons for 12–20 weeks with a specially trained teacher. The lessons include assessment, reading known stories, reading a story that was read once the day before, writing a story, working with a cut-up sentence, and reading a new book.