Encouraging results from schools

Reading Recovery has proven to be an effective intervention for approximately 80% of the children who take part, helping over 300,000 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.





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.


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