Literacy Intervention Activities

Literacy Intervention Activities undertaken at Sir John Talbot’s School

Phonics Intervention: Read Write Inc. Fresh Start

Students in the lowest sets in Year 7 are piloting a new scheme of additional literacy support in boosting basic skills through enhancing their phonics decoding skills through the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc.’ scheme. This programme will consist of 7 hours per week of phonics, English and Humanities learning combined and is being led by Lindsey Whitaker. Teachers within the English Faculty, across the Multi Academy Trust, that have been trained specifically within the programme are: Philip Reynolds (SJT) and Philip Griffin, Michael Kemble, Rebecca Mullane, and Lindsey Whitaker (The Marches).  There is also a range of staff within the SEN Department that support in-class delivery of the programme and provide further phonics intervention with smaller groups.

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Each Read Write Inc. programme booklet meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child’s progress.

Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, the programme that we use, is a phonics intervention for struggling readers in KS2 and KS3. Read Write Inc. Fresh Start, developed by Ruth Miskin, is a phonics intervention that gets struggling readers and writers at the expected level for accessing the secondary school curriculum. The programme itself:

  • Uses rigorous assessment so every child is taught at the right level
  • Engages older children with age-appropriate comic strips, quizzes, amusing stories and edgy non-fiction texts
  • Uses simple and effective spelling strategies to increase confidence when writing.

For further information about the programme and to see some examples of the resources used during the phonics session, please see the OUP website:

Reading Rangers

2016/2017 will see Sir John Talbot’s School introduce Reading Rangers to our school. This is a programme that has been working successfully at The Marches School for two years.

It is a peer-reading scheme designed to provide catch-up intervention for pupils performing below expectations for their age.

Students in Year 10 and 12 will become coaches to students. The coaches will help students to record their reading targets and also help them use Accelerated Reader to quiz on books keeping them motivated and acting as a positive role model from within our school community.

The pupils from year 7 and 8 will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • They have a reading age below their expected level (generated from the initial testing at the start of the year).
  • They have been recommended by their class teacher as needing the specific intervention to help build their confidence with reading and comprehension.
  • The pupils will primarily be selected from the bottom 2 sets in each year group.
  • Pupil Premium students from the names put forward from class teachers will be given priority places.

Rationale for the programme:

  • Lack of confidence and negative attitudes to reading can affect performance and make it difficult for pupils to improve
  • Reading improves with practice – some pupils read poorly because they have read so little.
  • The ability of some pupils to benefit from independent reading is limited by a lack of knowledge of the world of books so that they consistently fail to select from an appropriate range of texts.
  • Some pupils need additional tuition to bring them up to expected standards.
  • Some pupils respond well to individual coaching as it increases motivation.
  • Coaching can be focused effectively by an appropriate short-term target.

Coaching Strategy

  • Reading Buddies/Rangers arrange to meet their allocated pupil once a week during Reading School.
  • Each meeting follows the following format.
  1. Firstly, ask the student about what they have been reading since the last meeting.
  2. Give lots of praise to the student for any reading that they have completed, for example, if they have met their reading target for the week or finished reading a book.
  3. 10-15mins- Listen to the student read then briefly discuss the story.
  4. Fill in the student’s reading log and set a manageable target for the next meeting.
  5. If an option, help the student quiz on completed book through Accelerated Reader.

Literacy Intervention Activities