Frequently Asked Questions
Can Thinking Reading be taught in groups?
Thinking Reading has been specifically developed for students who are reading well behind their peers at secondary school. Research shows that these students all have their own individual gaps in their learning. As a result, they need individualised one-to-one lessons. However, students who are not reading so far behind (ie up to two years behind) can benefit from paired or small group instruction, and we work with schools to help them use these approaches effectively.
How are the lessons structured?
Three thirty minute lessons per week, covering ten to twelve briskly-paced stages.
How long does it take students to complete the programme?
Students stay on the programme until they have caught up completely. The length of time depends on how far behind they are when they start, and how rapidly they progress. Data from schools we have surveyed shows that students typically progress at an average of two months for every half-hour lesson. They are in the programme for an average of six months and typically gain five years or more in their reading.
We already know what we need so why can’t we go straight to Phase 3?
Effective intervention in literacy requires coordination with the whole school strategy, systems and policies. ‘Bolt-on’ interventions typically have minimal impact and waste resources. We ensure that schools are in the best position to target their resources with maximum efficiency and impact.
Is Thinking Reading suitable for students with English as an additional language?
Students need to be fluent in conversational English to benefit from Thinking Reading lessons. Otherwise, they are hampered by their lack of familiarity with English syntax and vocabulary.
Is Thinking Reading suitable for primary schools?
Thinking Reading is specifically designed to meet the needs of students who arrive at secondary school reading well behind their same age peers. The reading materials are designed for older pupils.
My child is at primary school but failing at reading. What can you recommend?
We recommend these programmes which can be taught at home:
- Help your child to read and write, a free course on Udemy from Sounds-Write
- Phonics International online training
- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann
Do you train staff outside the UK?
We’re currently focused on providing remote support to schools in the UK and Ireland. Please get in touch if you’re interested in remote training for your staff elsewhere.