City’s reading success helped by 1-1 support scheme

Nearly 3,000 primary age children in Brighton & Hove who have struggled with learning to read have been helped over the last 10 years by a specialist reading scheme.

Every Child a Reader (also known as ECaR) currently operates in 14 local schools. It’s aimed at younger children who are below their expected reading level for their age. 

Each child gets an intensive programme of 1-1 support from specially trained teachers and teaching assistants. 

More than 30 specialist teachers and also hundreds of teaching assistants have been trained to support pupils on the ECaR scheme.

Reading is now a big success story across the city’s schools. Recently published national figures show the city as a whole to be performing considerably above the national average in reading.

The chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Les Hamilton, said: “Good reading skills are vital for our children’s development as successful learners. 

“Our Every Child a Reader teachers and the teaching assistants who support them do a fantastic job.”

Find out more about Every Child a Reader.