Reading Recovery

Years/Age range


Type of children

Children identified as being in the bottom 20% of their class in reading (probably in bottom 5%-6% nationally)

Child/Adult ratio


Length of intervention

Usually 20 weeks; 30 minutes a day

Brief description

The children are taught by a specially trained teacher, who provides highly responsive instruction tailored to the needs of each child. Throughout the lesson the teacher’s interventions, based on daily diagnoses, are carefully geared to identify and praise successes, promoting confident and independent behaviour. This ensures that a range of strategies are brought to bear whenever problems arise.


For reading accuracy in Y1-2: useful to remarkable
For comprehension in Y2: useful
For writing in Y1: remarkable

Further information