About Us

Our mission is to ensure that all pupils leave secondary school reading well. We support schools with training, resources and lesson design, so that pupils who were struggling with their reading catch up quickly and completely.

Thinking Reading is a whole-school strategy with an intensive, one-to-one intervention at its heart. Our practice is built upon the synthesis of well-evidenced teaching methods with decades of research evidence to support them. In addition to consulting with school leaders and training to build teachers' knowledge, we publish the resources needed for this intensive teaching, along with a 10-part lesson plan that ensures individualisation of each precise step in a clear, easy-to-use format.

We use our extensive experience in literacy, teacher development and leadership to help schools develop coherent literacy strategies with maximum impact. We also provide ongoing advice and guidance to schools in order to help solve specific learning or teaching issues, to maximise progress, and to link teachers and tutors in a professional community.


We work with schools to eradicate adolescent illiteracy so that no student leaves school unable to read well.


All schools have the means and commitment to ensure that all students, regardless of background, can read fluently.


we work to ensure that literacy is the highest priority in education.
we strive for the best results through the best methods.
we are committed to honest, transparent relationships and accurate objective use of data.
accumulated scientific knowledge is the basis of excellent practice.
we work collaboratively with partner schools, as part of a wider movement, to achieve our mission.

Our Founders

Dianne Murphy


James Murphy