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The most recent annual report from Ofsted ('Removing Barriers to Literacy' - 21 January 2011) focuses on the teaching of reading in primary schools and aims to illustrate effective approaches that might help others to improve their practice in literacy.
One of the approaches highlighted by inspectors centres on teachers in the most effective schools regularly using analytical and diagnostic assessment tools, such as running records, to identify pupils’ strengths and weaknesses. In these cases “pupils benefited because the staff frequently checked for strengths and errors in reading”.
In line with Ofsted's recommendations, Rapid Reading provides you with comprehensive assessment, benchmark books and running records. With these tools, you can develop the thorough understanding you need to tackle each child’s areas of weakness and to build on their areas of strength. Rapid gives you another pair of hands in the classroom, so you can make the most effective use of your time, staff and resources.
NFER conducted one of the most robust research trials ever undertaken in the assessment of special needs programmes, to assess the effectiveness of Rapid Reading. The independent study found that Rapid Reading improves children's reading ages by more than twice the normal rate of progress, with children on the trial making an average gain of 5.7 months in only 2.3 months.
You can read more about the results of the NFER study in our Evidence e-book, where you'll also find lots of additional evidence from the many more schools and LA's where pupil progress has tripled using Rapid Reading.
Yes! Schools up and down the UK have been using Rapid Reading with their struggling readers and many of those schools have shared the 'before and after' results of their interventions with us, showing just how much of an impact regular sessions with Rapid Reading have had on their pupils.
We have also gathered together lots of Rapid Reading case studies showing how different types of schools use Rapid Reading to improve the reading progress of their SEN and struggling learners. These include stories from small schools, inner city schools, schools with a high percentage of EAL pupils and many more.
Worcestershire County Council have run a Rapid Reading pilot scheme throughout the UK, with impressive results. The Worcestershire pilot scheme and its results are featured in our Evidence e-book.
The British Dyslexia Association uses Rapid Reading as part of its 'Dyslexia and Multilingualism: Identification and Intervention' project, which is funded by the Big Lottery.
Rapid has also been included in the DFES publication 'What works for children with literacy difficulties'. Read the report.