Encouraging results from schools

Reading Recovery has proven to be an effective intervention for approximately 80% of the children who take part, helping over 350,000 New Zealand readers and writers since it was first established.

In 2021, Reading Recovery teachers began to offer Early Literacy Support in participating schools across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Reading Recovery teachers, classroom teachers, Reading Recovery Trainers and Tutors have been actively monitoring the impact of this approach. Assessment data is gathered at the start and end of term, and reports are shared with all participating schools.

Early results show small group, intensive literacy teaching delivers significant results.

Success stories

When English is a Second Language: Maryjane’s Reading Recovery Progress

For Maryjane, Reading Recovery has seen her make excellent progress in reading, letter knowledge, spelling and writing skills - and dramatically improve her comprehension.
Read more

From Level 1 to 18: Reading Recovery Sparks a Love of Reading for Eifion

Ebbett Park School’s one-to-one Reading Recovery intervention accelerates six-year-old Eifion through 17 reading levels in 20 weeks.
Read more

Reading Recovery opens Blake’s eyes to literacy world

Six-year-old Blake has experienced a significant shift forward thanks to Reading Recovery intervention.
Read more

Reading Recovery helps Soren shine

Seven-year-old Soren Kirkman-Jenkins’ reading has accelerated 12 levels after 18 weeks of personalised one-to-one lessons with a qualified Reading Recovery teacher.
Read more

When English is a Second Language: Maryjane’s Reading Recovery Progress

For Maryjane, Reading Recovery has seen her make excellent progress in reading, letter knowledge, spelling and writing skills - and dramatically improve her comprehension.
read more

From Level 1 to 18: Reading Recovery Sparks a Love of Reading for Eifion

November 29, 2022
Ebbett Park School’s one-to-one Reading Recovery intervention accelerates six-year-old Eifion through 17 reading levels in 20 weeks.
read more

Reading Recovery opens Blake’s eyes to literacy world

October 25, 2022
Six-year-old Blake has experienced a significant shift forward thanks to Reading Recovery intervention.
read more

Reading Recovery helps Soren shine

September 29, 2022
Seven-year-old Soren Kirkman-Jenkins’ reading has accelerated 12 levels after 18 weeks of personalised one-to-one lessons with a qualified Reading Recovery teacher.
read more

3361

children

375

schools

442

teachers

Stats reference take up of small group teaching from
Term 2, 2021 - Term 3, 2022

Reading levels

Average progress of four reading levels across eight weeks, which is approximately twice the pace expected in the classroom

Writing vocabulary

Average word writing achievement was accelerated, above the average level expected for the age group

BURT score

The ability to read single words was brought up to average levels for the age group

Teacher feedback

Based on successful results, participating school leaders and teachers are highly supportive of the changes the Early Literacy Support approach brings to the classroom. 

The number of schools using Early Literacy Support is rapidly expanding. To date, there are 370 schools currently participating across New Zealand. Along with an improvement in essential print knowledge, Reading Recovery and classroom teachers reported the following progress:

To be kept informed on progress, please click on the link below.

> REGISTER

Reading Recovery works

Get in touch with the Reading Recovery team today!
Whakapā mai / Contact us