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ECaR helps schools to close the literacy gap. For more information see our leaflet below.

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For Reading Recovery teachers to use their expertise more widely, and extend their support for literacy teaching across the school. It provides practical skills and theoretical understanding. more

Fischer Family Trust Wave three

For children in Year 1 who have difficulties learning to read and write. Delivered by experienced TAs working one-to-one with for 15–20 minutes a day for 10–20 weeks. more

Boosting Reading Potential

Aimed at children who can, with appropriate support, become effective readers. It involves one-to-one time with a trained TA or volunteer for 15 minutes three times a week over a 10-week period. more


Time-limited (10 weeks) intervention enabling children to be independent and skilful speakers and listeners that can be used with the whole class, small groups or individuals. more

Every Child a Reader (ECaR)

Every Child a Reader (ECaR) is a strategic initiative for quickly raising attainment in
literacy by using Reading Recovery to drive whole school improvement.

It aims to ensure that all children who need additional support with learning how to read and write are given access to the type of intervention they need. With ECaR, struggling readers and writers are able to bridge the attainment gap and achieve in line with age-related expectations or better.

ECaR empowers schools to make sound judgements about teaching literacy, matching children to appropriate programmes to meet their needs, and monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of provision. Reading Recovery teachers plan provision with the school leadership team, and share their expertise to improve practice and raise standards across the school.

Overall ECaR provides schools with a cost-effective method to close the attainment gap by using the Reading Recovery teacher's skills and expertise.

Which interventions does ECaR recommend?
Schools may use any interventions with proven effectiveness for the children to whom it is provided.  Some examples of interventions successfully used by ECaR schools include:

  • TalkingPartners@primary
  • Boosting Reading Potential
  • Fischer Family Trust (FFT) Wave 3
  • Reading Recovery

What difference does ECaR make?

  • ECaR provides early identification of children with literacy difficulties and a means of resolving them
  • ECaR gives schools a structure to measure the effects of the programmes they use
  • ECaR helps schools to manage their literacy programmes more efficiently to meet children's differing needs
  • ECaR provides a highly trained Reading Recovery teacher who acts as a literacy expert who can provide advice and guidance for whole school staff
  • ECaR offers structured, ongoing assessment of strengths and difficulties that help to determine the learning needs of the children receiving literacy support
  • ECaR is an effective means of reducing the costs that are linked to literacy failure, including special educational needs
    provision; truancy; exclusion from school; reduced employment opportunities; increased health risks; and a greatly
    increased risk of involvement with the criminal justice system

Want ECaR in your school?
The first step to implementing this strategic management initiative is to train a staff member to become your school's literacy expert.

The training year expands teachers' understanding and knowledge of children's learning, literacy difficulties and successful
approaches to overcome barriers. Once trained, Reading Recovery teachers continue to receive professional support as they widen their ECaR role.

A needs analysis to determine what additional intervention support is required within your school to help struggling readers and writers should be carried out by your Reading Recovery teacher. The Reading Recovery teacher assists in identifying professional development needed in order to offer intervention programmes.

Regional Reading Recovery teacher leaders generally offer training in the additional literacy interventions. Alternatively, contact us for guidance on what intervention will work for you.

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