Capturing the Magic


Sometimes you have to step back in order to see things more clearly.

Going through the process of applying for a Teach First Innovation Award has been challenging but rewarding. Perhaps the greatest benefit has been in helping us to distil the message about how Thinking Reading works.

Teach First Innovation Award

We have what they call the ‘elevator pitch’: Thinking Reading is a reading intervention for secondary school students who are reading three or more years behind their chronological age. They make rapid progress, catch up completely and sustain the gains.

We also have the ‘tell me more’: It’s a synthesis of best-evidence practice built on decades of research. The students are carefully assessed so that they are taught only what they need to learn, are taught using ‘faultless communication’, receive immediate feedback so they don’t learn errors, and are given enough practice so that they become fluent. In short, they are taught…

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