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Catch Up Literacy Intervention - Secondary

Discussion in 'English' started by rickers83, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. rickers83

    rickers83 New commenter


    I am starting my Spld teacher training in September and need to find a literacy intervention programme to run in my school.
    We are a mainstream secondary, but I will be working in the SEN department with students who are dyslexic or have learning difficulties.

    Does anyone have any experience of the catch up literacy intervention at secondary level? Or can advise on successful interventions?

  2. headinabook

    headinabook New commenter

    Have a look at Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc 'Fresh Start'.

    The trainers at Ruth Miskin state that the programme works best if you can run it in the first lesson every day of the week. This obviously does not go down well with other teachers in schools. My argument has always been that if the student is so weak as to need this sort of intervention, then they won't be accessing very much of their other subjects anyway.

    I'd run it like the trainers say for the first year, see how it goes and maybe tweak for the second year? The training course you would need to attend is just fantastic (helps if you have a little phonics knowledge to start with) and should leave you enthused and motivated to deliver the programme.

    I used it and saw improvements. However I have read case studies where it didn't work as well as expected. I don't work for them by the way...I am back teaching whole class English now and no longer run interventions.

    best of luck.
  3. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    It depends what level the students are working at. If it is not too low, I’d focus on the basics of SPaG and reinforcing what they should know. If they are particularly poor, you might need to work on basic phonics. There are some good phonics books available (google phonics books and there will be links to plenty).

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