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Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a successful early literacy intervention developed by Dame Marie Clay to reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties in schools.

Reading Recovery lessons are supplementary to effective classroom teaching and learning programmes. So for a short period of time, the child has two teachers. Effective communication between these teachers helps to strengthen understanding about quality practice that best supports the diverse learning needs of our young children.

Six Reading Recovery Tutors work for the Institute of Professional Learning. They are based in Gisborne, Rotorua, Tauranga, and Hamilton. These Tutors also work from sub-centres in Whakatane, Taupo, Paeroa, and Te Kuiti.

National and international recognition of Reading Recovery as a successful literacy intervention is well documented in the literature.

Visit Reading Recovery website for more information.

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About the intervention

About the reading recovery programme

Reading Recovery is a successful early literacy intervention developed by Dame Marie Clay to reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties in schools. Specially trained teachers provide intensive one-to-one teaching on a daily basis for children making the slowest progress in reading and writing after a year at school. The intervention has two aims. The first is to accelerate progress in these areas so that learners can engage with the classroom curriculum alongside their peers while the second outcome is to identify the small percentage of learners who require on-going specialist literacy support.

Our Team

Reading Recovery Tutors are skilled teachers, knowledgeable about literacy, who complete a fulltime year of professional and academic training to enable them to train Reading Recovery teachers and provide ongoing professional development and support for trained teachers. Six Reading Recovery Tutors work for the Institute of Professional Learning. They are based in Gisborne, Rotorua, Tauranga, and Hamilton. These Tutors also work from sub-centres in Whakatane, Taupo, Paeroa, and Te Kuiti.

Our Funding

Reading Recovery is supported and significantly resourced by the New Zealand Ministry of Education and supplemented by schools to allow full implementation within their school. As part of the on-going evaluation of Reading Recovery, schools provide data for the Ministry at the end of each year. This information, published on the Education Counts website, demonstrates that it can be delivered with reliability and with consistently high levels of success.