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.
In November 2019 we completed our yearly 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 took taking place at Stag Lane Junior school in Harrow. Some of the pupils had additional learning difficulties such as ADHD or Autism or both. The pupils enjoyed the lessons and have made good to outstanding 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.
In November 2019, we began our next project, which will run for a year, funded by The People’s Postcode lottery. We are working with small groups of pupils at St. Bernadette’s Primary school in Harrow, who have kindly agreed to host the project. This project will follow a similar format to the previous 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.