Years/Age range


Type of children

Low attainment

Child/Adult ratio


Length of intervention

12 weeks, 15 minutes per day

Brief description

During their first term in Y1, pupils identified as likely to experience literacy difficulties work through an intervention programme, which is designed to be used by a learning support assistant (LSA). The programme is broken up into prescribed lessons and is scripted to enable LSAs to carry out the programme with a minimum of training and support. It consists of two strands:

  • the core route (multi-sensory, cumulative teaching of sound-symbol links, plus blending of phonemes)
  • the phonological route (training in phonological awareness including rhyming, syllabification, blending and segmenting).


For reading accuracy and spelling in Y1-2: useful

Further information