The literacy blog has just been sent some interesting statistics by Anne Neal, a special educational needs co-ordinator at Stillness Junior School in Forest Hill, Lewisham. She and her inclusion team have been teaching a group of six children three times a week, thirty minutes a session, for seven weeks.
She tested all six before and after using the Salford Reading test and the Vernon Spelling test.
These are the results:
The asterisk indicates that the ceiling on the test was too low to show whether the child in question had a higher reading age.
On average, then, after just seven weeks of teaching, the average gain in reading was 17.6 months and the average gain in spelling was 9.8 months. The average age of the children would be about 10 years and four months.
This is very significant, especially as these children had had plenty of time to pick up all sorts of bad habits in the past that hold them back.
Well done to that SENCo and her team! And the programme used to get these results? Sounds-Write.