In 2017, we conducted a successful pilot project at Norbury School, Harrow. Six pupils; aged between 8 and 11, received free specialist one-to-one teaching twice a week for a term, during school hours. This consisted of a personalised, multi-sensory, structured learning programme incorporating phonics and explicit teaching of phonological awareness. In addition, parents were given advice to help support reading at home. Even in this short period of time, pupils made great gains in their reading ages and, importantly, their self esteem and well-being improved.
We are delighted to have received funding for our next project from The People’s Postcode lottery. This will enable us to reach out to more pupils with reading difficulties. St Bernadette’s Primary school in Harrow, have kindly agreed to host the project, which will start in October 2019. The school will refer pupils to us that would benefit from our support.
We are continuing our project, funded by the National Lottery (Awards for All scheme). This has been a joint project, working with the Centre for ADHD and Autism (CAAS). We have been able to provide specialist teaching to 18-20 pupils, once a week (45 minute lessons), in small groups of 2 to 4 pupils. The project is taking place at Stag Lane Junior school in Harrow. Some of the pupils have additional learning difficulties such as ADHD or Autism or both. The pupils have been enjoying the lessons and have made significant progress in their reading ability. In addition, they have improved their self-esteem and gained confidence in their learning. Parents have had the opportunity to attend a workshop to learn strategies to support their children at home. The project will finish in November 2019.
The current project has been able to take place, due to funding from the National Lottery. We look forward to running our next project, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery. This will enable us to set up in another school for a year, following a similar format to the current project. We are reliant on funding for the projects to take place free of charge, however if a school would like to receive specialist tuition from our charity, we are able to provide lessons at a subsidised rate.