Our mission is to teach every child to read and write, and to keep them reading. No exceptions.
We give teachers the skills and confidence to reach every child using the Read Write Inc. programmes developed by Ruth Miskin.
Read Write Inc. programmes work because we get children’s brain ‘COGS’ working:
Everything CONNECTS: children connect sounds with mnemonic pictures; words with their meanings; and stories with the sounds they know. They connect their own experiences to the stories they read and learn to lift the words off the page.
Children learn ONE thing at a time and practise it until it becomes second nature. Interactive practice keeps children focused, and their capacity to learn develops exponentially.
They learn at their GOLDILOCKS spot (not too easy, not too hard) with others at a similar challenge level. No time is wasted.
Children remember what they learn by SAYING it out loud to a partner. If they can’t explain it, the teacher repeats it until they can.
What’s more, our teachers are trained so they have capacity to show love for what they do. The more they love teaching, the more the children love learning.
Have you ever failed to teach a child to read? I have.
As a Reception teacher, I failed a few children every year – and it wasn’t a great feeling. My failure gave me the reading bug. It made me obsess over finding a way that would work for every child. I tried different methods and schemes in five different schools, but it was only when I became a headteacher that I had the time to trial and research the most effective methods. Twenty-five years ago – first in Leeds and then in Tower Hamlets – I took my first steps towards creating Read Write Inc. But it wasn’t just about finding the right system. As you’ll know, children learn to read more easily when they enjoy it. I loved teaching reading so they loved learning – enthusiasm is catching. I was passionate about their progress. And, as a head, I needed all the teachers to feel the same as me. Children feel our passion for them – they know when we’re on their side. They know when we will stick with them until they succeed. Every school needs teachers who are passionate about getting children to read – teachers who will take up the challenge of getting every child to read. You!
Be prepared – the first year of teaching Read Write Inc. is the hardest, while you learn the new systems. However, by the second year, you will have the confidence to teach any child to read and write.
I hope you will love teaching Read Write Inc. Phonics and share my passion for teaching children to read and write.