There were no intended personal insults, just a stunned reaction to your postings. Possibly could have been worded better and I apologise if the post came across as a personal insult. Six year olds are not headed for certain illiteracy. 20% do not leave school illiterate, they simply leave primary school unable to perform appropriately in a reading and writing test. That is the only verifiable fact. I taught year 6 last year and am well aware of a fair number of children who, by your reckoning, are now in that 'dustbin of illiteracy'. By my reckoning, however, they merely failed to perform as needed/expected in a test on a day in May. Only a couple of children left us truly illiterate and innumerate by the world's standard and neither of them would have been helped by sight vocabulary reading. I teach year 2 this year and those who are unlikely to get a level 2 (ie would even qualify for your intervention) are merely the immature ones or those whose home life does not adequately support learning to read quickly. They are definitely not headed for certain illiteracy.