“RLR is giving these children an opportunity to meet their potential early and to be inclusive within the classroom from the start.
“I have worked with Rachel on the planning and delivery of the training and the response has been a unique experience.
“A key moment was observing three reception children, all with diverse learning, social and emotional needs have a lesson at the mirrored screen after 2pm. A challenge for any teacher or TA but their high level of engagement, enjoyment and learning was inspirational. They were all independent in reading and writing and succeeding with the skilful pitch of RLR.”
Rachel’s Headteacher, Sarah, added: “We are fully committed to broadening this reach and look forward to improving the life chances for the children that will take part at our school and the family of schools that will be created through this project.”
Following the success of the first two years of Ready, Let’s Read, Rachel has been awarded a second grant from SHINE, of almost £60,000, which will enable her to continue her project until 2025 and to introduce it into 13 schools across Manchester, Tameside and Liverpool.
Reflecting on the first two years, Rachel said: “The main success is that all children on the programme have made progress. All staff have approached me for support where needed and I have built strong relationships with all schools involved. And all teaching assistants have made progress in their understanding of the complexities involved in the teaching of reading.
“This grant has been life-changing for me so far. I am learning that I can do bigger things. I can reach more children and that I do know what I am talking about.
“I need to reach out to more children with what I know. To educate the most vulnerable and to teach them to read and write is my passion.”