WE WORK TO CLOSE THE LITERACY GAP FOR:

  • Disadvantaged children who are significantly behind where they should be for their age

WE BELIEVE THAT:

  • Early intervention to close the literacy gap has a powerful long term impact
  • The greater the literacy gap, the more a child benefits from specialist, tailored tuition
  • In closing the literacy gap, we broaden a child’s horizons, enabling them to reach their full potential

WE ESTABLISH OUR EXPERT TUITION LABS:

  • In primary schools in areas of economic and educational disadvantage

WE PROVIDE:

  • 1:1 AND 1:3 specialist literacy tuition for KS1 & KS2 children
  • Two 45-minute sessions each week, tailored to a child’s specific needs
  • A phonics-based, multi-sensory programme covering all the important literacy skills – reading, writing, comprehension, listening and speaking – for younger children and with a focus on reading comprehension and vocabulary for older primary pupils

DELIVERED BY OUR OWN TUTORS WHO ARE:

  • Literacy specialists, employed, trained and managed by us
  • Skilled at building trusted relationships with hard to reach children
  • Able to use multi-sensory approaches to overcome barriers to learning

EXPERT LITERACY LAB TUITION FOR KEY STAGE 1

  • One-to-one, 45-minute sessions, twice a week with the same specialist tutor
  • Child supported until they close their literacy gap or make significant progress (to within six months of their peers)
  • Majority of children graduate within two to three terms
  • After one month of our expert tuition, children on average make 4-5 months progress
  • Programme also builds confidence, self-esteem and resilience
  • This intervention can also be run as 1:3 – either alongside 1:1 or stand alone, depending on school needs
Tutor teaching student the alphabet

“In our experience, the work of the Children’s Literacy Charity is the only proven intervention to raise Reading standards for our youngest pupils struggling to keep up with their peers. The school has tried many interventions and in terms of value for money and the quality of the tutors, no other intervention comes close to matching their work. The number of children at Camelot School in last five years who have started a CLC intervention programme not reading in line with age related expectations and have graduated in line and able to meet national assessment standards is astonishing”

James Robinson, Head Teacher, Camelot School, London SE15

READING LAB ONE-TO-THREE TUITION FOR KEY STAGE 2

  • A 10-week programme designed for older primary children who have significant catch up needs, especially if they have experienced disrupted schooling over recent years
  • 45-minute sessions, twice a week for one term with a specialist tutor
  • Focus on reading comprehension and vocabulary
  • Small group tuition to promote confidence and literacy skills ahead of the transition to secondary school
  • After 10 weeks of tuition, children on average make 10 months of progress

“We feel that it has been invaluable to our Year 6s in terms of bridging that gap between primary and secondary school.  The children have enjoyed going and they’ve grown in confidence.  It’s been a really seamless approach; the school and the CLC have worked collaboratively. We know that it’s there but it’s just been a very fluid process”

Deputy Head, Harlesden School, London NW10

CHILDREN ON OUR PROGRAMMES ARE EXPECTED TO:

  • Increase reading age compared to chronological age
  • Increase comprehension age compared to chronological age
  • Increase in confidence and attitude to learning
  • Narrow or close the gap between chronological and standardised scores.

See our Impact section for details of outcomes

See our Impact section for details of outcomes