Every Child a Reader

Every Child a Reader (ECaR) works towards every child getting the literacy teaching they need to be successful learners. ECaR schools use a layered approach effectively to address literacy learning of children and ensure that as many as possible make progress to age-related expectations in reading and writing by the end of Key Stage 1 and maintain their progress over the course of KS2.

Where is it located and what area does it cover?

Children access the service through their school. ECaR is available to schools throughout Brighton & Hove.

We also provide some literacy training events for schools at the Reading Centre in Moulsecoomb Primary School, and further ECaR services may be available at the centre in the future.

Our address is: Families, Children and Learning (Education and Skills), Brighton & Hove City Council, First Floor, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ.

Who does your service provide for?

We assist children in schools with learning difficulties.

How can I start using the service?

School teachers and SENCOs make an initial assessment to identify the lowest attaining pupils, vulnerable to slow progress in literacy learning.

How are decisions made about who can use your service?

We work with school teams: leadership, SENCO, class teacher, Reading Recovery teacher in consultation with Teacher Leader and use the following to make a decision:

Reading Recovery Literacy Intervention: pupils aged five years nine months to six years three months at entry with the lowest attaining in literacy.

Additional Literacy Interventions:

  • Better Reading Partners: pupils in Year 1 to Year 9 with below expected reading attainment for their age
  • FFT Wave 3: pupils in Year 1 to Year 3 with below expected reading and writing attainment for their age
  • Talking Partners: pupils up to Year 6 with below expected speaking and listening attainment for their age
  • Write Away Together: pupils in year 2 to year 6 with below expected writing attainment for their age
  • Hi Five: pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 with below expected reading and writing attainment for their age
  • Inference and Deduction: pupils in Year 3 to Year 9 with below expected reading attainment for their age

How do you communicate with service users and how are they involved in decision making/planning?

Face to face conversation, planned information and feedback for parents. Also through teachers, who are in regular contact as interventions work as part of school and local system.

Is your service fully accessible?

Our service is provided in the school the pupil attends, so it all depends on the school's facilities.

What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had, or plan to have?

Louise Zahra, MA: Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties. BA: Developmental Psychology, PGCE CERT SPLD (Dyslexia)

Reading Recovery Teacher Leader: Annual continual professional development, accredited and quality assured by Institute of Education: European Centre for Reading Recovery.

The scheme is in its tenth year of implementation locally, and is currently operating in 14 Brighton & Hove primary schools.

All staff are trained to deliver evidence based, time limited Literacy Intervention to close gaps in literacy learning for currently lowest attaining pupils

Who can I contact for further information?


Louise Zahra


01273 293513