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Bluecoat Awarded Reading Recovery School of The Year 2015

Reading Recovery awards celebrate outstanding contributions to improving children’s literacy

For the past 25 years the Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery Centre has helped thousands of children with complex literacy difficulties to learn how to read.  The 2015 Reading Recovery Awards took place on 26 June to celebrate and honour teachers, children and school managers who have made an outstanding contribution to improving children’s literacy through Reading Recovery.

Bluecoat are delighted to have been awarded one of the School of the Year Awards for 2015 in recognition of their effective use of Pupil Premium funding, and a special mention goes to Reading Recovery Teacher Rebecca Hallett and also Teaching Assistants Julie Andrews-Picillo and Tina Palmer for their consistent and passionate approach to reading.

Julia Douëtil, Director of the IOE’s Reading Recovery programme said:

“I am proud of the achievements these Awards represent.  To be able to read is the key to ensuring a child’s successful education and future.  Importantly, Reading Recovery children show a real joy in being able to read.  They become aware that books contain fascinating facts and can open new worlds to them.   This is so exciting for us and for the teachers whose hard work we are recognising with these Awards.

“However, budget cuts mean that programmes such as Reading Recovery are under pressure.  The right to a good education, the right to a future, is that of every child.  Our most vulnerable children should not miss out on that future because of an economic crisis that started before they were born.  If we are to break the well known cycle of poverty and low attainment, we must invest in all children to ensure that, whatever it takes, they become efficient, effective and enthusiastic readers and writers.  Morally and economically, we simply cannot afford to deny them a future when we have the expertise to get them reading.”

A 20 week Reading Recovery course has been shown to help 85 per cent of six year old children to move from being the lowest achievers in their class to catching up with their peers.  At 11 these children maintain their progress and achieve the expected key stage 2 reading test results for their age.

Jean Gross CBE, Founding Trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation and presenter of the Awards said:

“Shocking government figures show that 10 per cent of children living in poverty and 12 per cent of boys in poverty leave primary school reading at or below the level of the average seven year old. In schools that invest in one-to-one Reading Recovery teaching, this doesn’t happen. Every child learns to read. So it’s brilliant to be able to celebrate the work of those schools and teachers through the Reading Recovery awards.”

Rebecca Hallett receives the School of the Year Award 2015

Rebecca Hallett receives the School of the Year Award 2015

Rebecca Hallett and Tina Palmer at the Awards Ceremony

Rebecca Hallett and Tina Palmer at the Awards Ceremony