Portsmouth’s Every Child a Reader (ECAR) promotes literacy education from age 5 to 13 (Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 3) via a range of acknowledged accredited intervention programmes and bespoke school improvement support. It brings together the highest quality of professional support to enable all children achieve excellence in literacy.
Arundel Court Primary School
ECAR and Non-ECAR Schools may also purchase any support from the ECAR Adviser from the following list of literacy support packages and accredited intervention training.
- Reading Recovery Training – accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest achieving children aged around six
- Better Reading Partnership (aka Boosting Reading at Primary/Secondary) – KS1/2/3 decoding & comprehension intervention
- Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 – early literacy reading and writing intervention
- Inference Training – KS1/2/3 – Whole school comprehension training/ Intervention Programme (including Inference and Vocabulary Gap focus)
- Talking Partners – speaking & listening intervention
- Hi-5 KS2 Reading and Writing group intervention
- Write-Away Together – KS1/2 writing, editing and improvement intervention
- Grammar for Teachers – Grammar training for KS1/2 teachers
These are all research evidence based interventions which include diagnostic and formative assessment to inform teaching, and systematic monitoring to inform management and leadership. Schools can also request training for phonics, guided reading and a range of literacy support packages.
At the heart of ECAR is Reading Recovery an accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest achieving children aged around six that enables them to reach age-expected levels within 12 to 20 weeks. Portsmouth has nationally some of the best results in terms of outcomes for pupils who make successful discontinued outcomes during Reading Recovery (90% of pupils make accelerated progress to reach national expectation) and sustain these gains through to the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
In part, this is due to the work of the Council’s Every Child a Reader teacher leader (affiliated to the International Literacy Centre, Institute of Education, University College London) who offers both school and pupil level support, working closely with senior leaders to identify the needs of learners in their schools.
Every Child a Reader is a trademarked standard which only schools with a Reading Recovery teacher are entitled to use.
Teachers are trained and supported by the teacher leader who provides challenging, in-depth professional learning and support via strong monitoring and quality assurance. Teachers are accredited on completion of 1 year training in line with Institute of Education, University of London guidelines.
Following the initial training year the Reading Recovery teachers maintain their accreditation via continued professional development and support led by the teacher leader. Once trained school based Reading Recovery teachers can lead literacy support within their own schools. Portsmouth has a network of Reading Recovery Teachers who meet and share best practice on a regular basis. In recent years there have been several Portsmouth winners of the national Reading Recovery School and Teacher Awards winners for exception literacy work.
Across Portsmouth hundreds of pupils are supported each academic year to make gains and narrow the gap in literacy attainment.
The Portsmouth Academy
Portsmouth ECAR goes Nationwide!
Every year, Portsmouth Every Child A Reader (ECAR) submits outcomes and progress data to the National Leaders who hold the rights to the specific interventions. In 2018 the national leaders from BRP (Boosting Reading @Primary, or, Better Reading Partnership) and Talking Partners contacted our ECAR adviser, Bex Shore to say thank you for the Portsmouth annual submission and to ask for permission to share these Portsmouth outcomes with schools and LA’s nationally.
The Portsmouth BRP report can be seen on the ‘Education Works’ website promoting the intervention: https://www.educationworks.org.uk/what-we-do/reading-support/boosting-reading-case-studies
It highlights the progress pupils made in 11 schools from Portsmouth and Hampshire.
The report shows a clear shift in attainment across the cohort. Reading Age gains at approximately 12 months are consistent with historical data. Pupils make, on average, book band level gains of 2.7. At the start of the programme 40% of these pupils were reading books at the lowest levels (Yellow and below). By the end of the intervention, this figure had dropped massively to 4%. Information from teacher assessment has been included and the same shift in attainment is observed. At the start 42.2% were reading at ‘below expected’ levels with only 15.6% at ‘expected’ levels. After [email protected] the trend has been reversed with only 15.8% still ‘below expected’ (a drop of 26%) and 40.6% at ‘expected’ levels, a gain of 25%.
For further information:
Contact Rebecca Shore (ECAR Adviser/ Reading Recovery Teacher Leader)