Train as an In-house specialist of literacy: Initial training for Reading Recovery Teachers

Initial Training for New Reading Recovery Teachers - Every child a reader. An internationally recognised qualification, accredited by the International Literacy Centre at UCL Institute of Education, London. An annual programme running from September 2023 to July 2024.

Barlow Hall Primary School

Barlow Hall Primary School

Darley Avenue, Chorlton, Manchester, Greater Manchester M21 7JG

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9 places available
For further information, discussion and questions please contact the ECAR/Reading Recovery Teacher Leader directly on 07961 944500 or Barlow Hall Primary on 0161 881 2158.


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Further information is available from the IOE/UCL at

A briefing will be held in the summer term for schools who have booked a place. This will include further course details and observation of both a Reading Recovery lesson, to show accelerated progress and a KS2 Guided Reading lesson, to show impact on quality first teaching and improved reading standards influenced by Reading Recovery.

Please note that the delivery of this course is dependent on a minimum of 6 places in total being booked.Further information is available from the IOE/UCL at

Do you want to raise the reading achievement of the lowest-attaining 6-year-old children? Our reading recovery programme enables children to reach age-expected levels in 12 to 20 weeks.

Would you benefit from your own in-house literacy specialist to support staff across the whole school to improve reading achievement?

Reading Recovery is an accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest-achieving 6- year-old children. It involves 12 to 20 weeks of one-to-one 30 minute daily lessons, with an in-house specialist Reading Recovery Teacher.

Does it work? Yes! Eight out of every ten children who complete the programme catch up to average levels and above. Children maintain these gains and achieve level 4, sometimes level 5, by age 11.

How does it work? Barlow Hall Primary School has held the licence and been training new Reading Recovery teachers through our Teacher Leader, Fiona Botterill for six years at Barlow Hall's Reading Centre which is equipped with a two way mirrored screen.


What you will learn

This is an internationally recognised qualification, accredited by the International Literacy Centre at the UCL Institute of Education, London.

Schools fund a minimum of 0.6 teacher and Barlow Hall provides the initial professional development training at a cost of £3,000 (resources cost approx. £1,400 for reading books as necessary).

Training includes 25 half day sessions and four school visits/observations as well as 1.5 days link teacher training.

Dates for 2022-23 will follow shortly but the course will start the first week back in September 2023.


Who is it for?

New Reading Recovery teachers.

For further information please contact Stuart Stoneman on 0161 881 2158


About your course leader

Fiona Botterill

Fiona Botterill is a Teacher Leader for Reading Recovery and is also a Professional Development Lead from Primary to KS3. Her specialism is in designing bespoke school improvement packages for all aspects of literacy. Fiona is an accredited trainer in a range of interventions including training new Reading Recovery teachers and provide continuing professional development programmes for existing Reading Recovery teachers so that they can maintain their licence for Reading Recovery.