Hambledon Public School

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Learning support

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a specific program targeting students in Year 1 only. Mrs Elizabeth Doyle is our Reading Recovery teacher.

Reading Recovery is a research-based intervention with the prime goals of accelerating literacy learning and reducing reading and writing failure difficulties by targeting those students performing in the lowest 20% of Year One. 

It was developed in New Zealand by educator and psychologist Dame Marie Clay. Clay used evidenced from her intensive research and observation of good classroom practice to develop Reading Recovery.

Reading Recovery: identifies students experiencing reading and writing difficulties after their first year of school

provides an intensive, individually designed and individually delivered series of lessons for 30 minutes each day

is supplementary to the ongoing literacy activities in the classroom

The early years are critical for students who are at risk of failure, as this period sets the stage for later learning. Without such intervention, students often require expensive long-term intensive support and assistance. 

By intervening in Year 1, the second year of school, Reading Recovery can prevent a cycle of failure for students at risk and, through intensive daily instruction, generally brings the lowest literacy performers up to average classroom levels within as short a time as possible.

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