Paired Reading

In order to establish the effectiveness of the Paired Reading technique, I decided to run an eight-week pilot involving approximately ten pupils and their parents. A variety of students were represented, including boys and girls, pupils aged between six and eleven and pupils with reading ages below and above their chronological age at the time of selection.

The parents were invited to a training session in which the primary aim was to give them a working understanding of how the Paired Reading technique should be managed. Training was delivered via a PowerPoint presentation and video demonstration.

Pre and post-testing using CEM’s InCAS assessments revealed that, on average, reading skills (decoding, word recognition and comprehension) improved by 3.2 times across the period. Significant, I am sure you will agree.

Obviously, these gains may not occur in all settings, but if you are seeking a reading intervention with a high chance of succeeding, look no further.

You can learn about Paired Reading using the text below and see Paired Reading in action by watching the linked YouTube clip

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This article originally appeared in the February 2017 Edition of UKEdMagazine

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@GriffermansMark Head of Curriculum – Teesside


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