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Stronger readers together

Reading Recovery is a proven early intervention for literacy learning. It is designed to help young readers and writers catch up with their classmates through intensive one-to-one support.

Early Literacy Support builds on the knowledge and expertise of Reading Recovery teachers to provide targeted and personalised support for 5 year-old children in small groups in the classroom.

Together, this collaborative approach enables schools to strengthen early literacy, and grow confident readers and writers.

Three tiers of support

Every child brings different experiences to literacy learning at school. Each child has an array of different strengths and learning needs.

Recognising this, Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Support uses a tiered support framework to address the variety of literacy capabilities in each class.

Support is provided for the whole class, a small group and/or the individual child based on their needs. 

At each Tier, the teaching instruction is increasingly responsive to the child’s learning needs.

Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tō tātau waka e ū ki uta

Do not lift the paddle out of unison or our canoe will never reach the shore.

Learning and teaching as a team

Reading Recovery teachers are part of a school's literacy team. During the first year at school, the Early Literacy Support is collaborative, with a Reading Recovery teacher and the classroom teacher working together to co-design and co-teach the group. This builds on the existing strengths — the classroom teacher’s skills, and knowledge of their students — by supplementing them with specialist knowledge and understandings from Reading Recovery.

Children first access extra support in small groups, learning alongside their friends and helping each other progress. Some children might go on to receiving daily one on one lessons with the Reading Recovery teacher.

Student centred

Students are at the heart of Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Support. Improving student learning is the collaborative effort of whānau, communities, teachers, school leaders and support networks, as well as the students’ peers.

Starting early

With early attention, children's progress can be assured, before there is a problem. Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Support provides them with a launchpad, from where their education can continue to thrive.

Improved outcomes

Reading Recovery is proven to work in a one-to-one teaching situation. Utilising that same expertise with small groups helps build the literacy teaching capacity and capability of classroom teachers. This flows on to improve literacy outcomes across a whole school.

Success with Reading Recovery comes from teamwork. 6-year-olds who find reading and writing challenging engage in one-to-one learning with specially trained teachers, supported by their school and their classroom teacher.

How does it work ?

Success with Reading Recovery comes from teamwork. 6-year-olds who find reading and writing challenging engage in one-to-one learning with specially trained teachers, supported by their school and their classroom teacher.

For whānau

Learn how Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Support can grow your child’s reading and writing ability.

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For schools

Find out how Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Support can improve your junior school’s literacy outcomes.

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Testimonials

Here what some of our parents and teachers have said about us.

"The children have gained confidence and suddenly see themselves as a reader and a writer."
Joneen Walker
August 16, 2022

Having been an educator for many years and first training as a reading recovery teacher in 1995 then again in 2021 after returning from overseas I deeply believe in Reading Recovery and the success I see from the students I work with. This is my 7th year as a Reading Recovery teacher and I have seen so many children benefit from RR intervention. The children have gained confidence and suddenly see themselves as a reader and a writer. They develop a love of reading and get so excited to be able to record their own ideas in a story (and be understood). They are able to cope independently back in the classroom. The RR approach is specific to the child and their learning needs, it is responsive to what is happening in the moment. Parents have been totally supportive and grateful for the change in their children and many parents have said years later after their child finished RR that the invention made a huge difference to their child's life. As a teacher you can't get better praise than that!

"The children have gained confidence and suddenly see themselves as a reader and a writer."
Joneen Walker
August 16, 2022

Having been an educator for many years and first training as a reading recovery teacher in 1995 then again in 2021 after returning from overseas I deeply believe in Reading Recovery and the success I see from the students I work with. This is my 7th year as a Reading Recovery teacher and I have seen so many children benefit from RR intervention. The children have gained confidence and suddenly see themselves as a reader and a writer. They develop a love of reading and get so excited to be able to record their own ideas in a story (and be understood). They are able to cope independently back in the classroom. The RR approach is specific to the child and their learning needs, it is responsive to what is happening in the moment. Parents have been totally supportive and grateful for the change in their children and many parents have said years later after their child finished RR that the invention made a huge difference to their child's life. As a teacher you can't get better praise than that!

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