Readit2: possibly the best way to spend your Early Years Pupil Premium

What is Readit2?

A tried and tested effective early literacy programme that will improve the reading of all 2- to 5 -year-olds – an ideal way for using the Early Years Pupil Premium and supporting those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At its core is the programme’s unique emphasis on the development of an emotional attachment with reading and learning; it is this daily one-to-one reading experience between a child and an expert practitioner that has been proven to make the difference.

Developed by Sarah Kingham, who has over 30 years experience of working with a wide range of settings, the programme is informed by both research and personal experience. Once the programme had been successfully trialled, independently assessed and more recently validated by OFSTED, Sarah decided to set up a social enterprise dedicated to extending its reach and impact.

A compilation of talk that developed over time following the Readit2 intervention can be seen at  Conversations with Books. In this piece we see Ronnie’s talk develop and evidence of Drue’s chatter with books.

One childs’ journey into becoming a literacy orientated pre-schooler from age 2 – age 4 following the Readit2 intervention can be seen at  Harry’s Journey . In this piece we see Harry’s growing love of books develop over 20 months. His mum shares her pride as she watches Harry reading on film.

One in four children starts school without the necessary language and communication skills.”

Early Intervention Foundation 2015

Key elements for success

All of the following components are essential if the early-years setting is to achieve Readit2’s successful outcomes:

  • A committed leader who understands the theory and practice of pre-school literacy that lies behind the programme
  • An appropriate environment for reading
  • Carefully selected books
  • Daily one-to-one reading using a particular dialogic approach
  • Rigorous monitoring and assessment
  • Regular communication with parents
  • A whole-school (including governors’) commitment to the programme.

Programme

The programme provides:

  • Specific training modules for a variety of audiences
  • A comprehensive resource pack
  • An up-to-date booklist
  • A literacy-focused environmental audit
  • An assessment and monitoring tool.

The programme can be run entirely in-house or through the attendance of key staff at a Readit2 training course. Completion of the programme will lead to accreditation of practitioners as well as of the centre itself.

Readit2 can also provide specifically trained and accredited Readit2 consultants to read with children where required.

The Readit2 programme is a 3 day training programme most successfully delivered in-school/setting To find out more...
Option A - two days training in close succession (9-3.30pm) followed by one day (9-3.30pm) 6-9 months later

Day 1 and day 2 am - face-to-face, active training covering the literacy issue and introducing the Readit2 programme
Day 2 pm - in-setting consultancy - advice and support on the implementation of the programme to leaders and a visit to classrooms to develop a supportive literacy environment
Day 3 am - practitioners share video of them reading with their children and review progress of the Readit2 programme.
Day 3 pm - the place of shared writing within the Readit2 programme, including the role of bookmaking.
Please contact sarah@Readit2.org or call 07588320550 for further information
Option B - one day Intensive training (8.30-4.30) followed by one day in close succession in-school consultancy
(9.30-2.30), followed by one day (9-3.30pm) 6-9 months later

Day 1 - face-to-face, active training covering the literacy issue and introducing the Readit2 programme
Day 2 - in-setting consultancy - advice and support on the implementation of the programme to leaders and a visit to classrooms to develop a supportive literacy environment
Day 3 am - practitioners share video of them reading with their children and review progress of the Readit2 programme.
Day 3 pm - the place of shared writing within the Readit2 programme, including the role of bookmaking.
Please contact sarah@Readit2.org or call 07588320550 for further information
24 days of Readit2 training have been successfuly delivered in 2016/17. The programme for 2018 is currently being arranged - for more information and general enquiries contact sarah@readit2.org

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“Following the Readit2 training…I feel confident in starting up the Readit2 intervention as I know it will support many of the children….the videos were great…it has given me lots of new ideas and clear guidance on how to ‘read’ with a child using different approaches”

Bethany Ward, Course delegate on Readit2 training November 2015