Cumbria Reading Intervention is an intensive, research-based programme that is an effective way of accelerating the development of children’s early literacy skills.
Each programme is unique and specifically planned for an individual child. Teaching is based on detailed assessments of a child at the start of a programme. These assessments are then repeated at the end of the programme to measure progress.
In Cumbria, a Reading Intervention trained teacher or teaching assistant works on a one-to-one basis with a child. The programme usually involves 48 sessions of support delivered over a 12-week period.
The theoretical basis of the programme involves the linking of the teaching of reading with the development of a child’s phonological skills (their ability to process sounds in language). Research by Hatcher, Hulme and Ellis (1994) indicated that this was a highly effective way of accelerating children’s early literacy development.