FAQs

 
Information on training and courses. We will update this page regularly.
 

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Do you deliver training outside London?

Yes, we come to you and train your team on the job. 

Why does the training take 6 days?

The training synthesises a range of skills in assessment, communication and analysis, so that teachers have the skills to adapt to individual needs and to identify and solve problems as they arise. There is also a major focus on practice with feedback to ensure that the skills of delivery are mastered. 

Is Thinking Reading just for secondary schools?

There are already good synthetics phonics programmes available for primary schools. Thinking Reading is specifically targeted at meeting the needs of students who have come through the primary system without mastering reading skills. It is designed to help students make the most progress possible in the shortest time, addressing needs in phonics, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, fluency and motivation.

My  child is at primary school but failing at reading. What can you recommend?

We would suggest that you look at these three programmes to start with:

What ages is Thinking Reading suitable for?

Thinking Reading is most suitable for Year 7 students to upper secondary level, but can be used with adults.

Are students taught in groups?

No, Thinking Reading is a one-to-one intervention. The focus on individual needs is necessary for rapid, sustained progress.

How long is each lesson?

Thirty minutes, covering nine briskly-paced stages.

How long does it take students to complete the programme?

It depends. First of all, how far behind is the student? Secondly, are there any underlying issues that need to be addressed – e.g. a lack of phonological awareness?

We usually expect two to three months’ progress for every half hour lesson, assuming there are no underlying issues.

How frequently do you recommend students attend Thinking Reading lessons?

The more often they attend, the sooner they will catch up. In New Zealand students attended four lessons per week, but in the UK it has been three. Less than three lessons a week is not advisable, because students need regular review and practice to keep making progress. The key issue to resolve is the tension between withdrawal from curriculum subject time and the need to improve reading so that students can access those same curricula.

Is Thinking Reading suitable for students with English as an additional language?

Students need to have enough oral English language to benefit from reading instruction. The basic criterion is that students need to be at or above Level 3 on the Hester Scale.

How much does it cost to implement Thinking Reading?

It depends on the level of need. The rule of thumb from experience is that one hour of staffing per week on average results in one student per year graduating. However, because every setting is different, it’s best if we talk it through with you.

Do you provide support after initial training?

Yes, we are happy to contribute further support, observation, feedback and advice on a consultancy basis at your request. 

Where can I learn more about reading and effective teaching practices? 

Try our Professional Reading pages. You will also find a wealth of information on Susan Godsland's website, dyslexics.org .
 
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How frequently do you recommend students attend Thinking Reading lessons?


How frequently do you recommend students attend Thinking Reading lessons?