Reading Recovery

Getting excited about reading and writing skills, through Reading Recovery                       

Everyone develops and progresses in their learning at a different pace. Some of us are great at outside activities, artist activities, spatial awareness and construction. While others enjoy literacy and numeracy task, inquiry-based activities and talking about our learning.


When reading and writing takes a little longer to develop schools have a literacy programme where students can access extra support. This is called Reading Recovery.

Generally, schools only have 2 – 4 students able to do Reading Recovery at one time. Each child receives a 30-minute session once a day, 5 days a week.  

Wairakei Primary School has 2 qualified and experienced Reading Recovery staff members taking students on this programme, Mrs Koorey and Mrs Burch.

I enjoy pinpointing exactly what my students need help with in Reading and Writing each day, when they walk through the Reading Recovery door. It is extremely rewarding seeing them improve. Mrs Koorey  

When I was 6 I did Reading Recovery with Mrs Koorey. She helped me to read better. We wrote lots of stories. Now reading and writing is fun. Chelsea                                        

About the programme:

Reading Recovery is an effective early literacy intervention designed to significantly reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties in schools. This is done through a daily one to one teaching with a specially trained teacher to support children who need assistance to make progress in literacy learning, after a year at school. It is supplementary to classroom instruction.


Reading Recovery is supported and significantly funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Education as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategy. Developed in New Zealand, Reading Recovery is now widely implemented in English speaking countries throughout the world.

Reading Recovery teachers are experienced junior class teachers who receive a year-long apprenticeship style training to deliver this intensive one to one instruction to six-year-old children who need extra support with literacy learning.

This is an expensive and very intense programme, but with daily support at school and at home, students can make accelerated progress in their reading and writing. We make it fun and the children love coming to read with me each day. Mrs Burch 

I like coming to reading. We write stories and read good books. Caleb 

Reading Recovery has more than 30 years of research and evaluation results; the strongest body of evidence for any literacy interventions. You can read more and access some of the research at Reading Recovery website

Keywords: Literacy, Reading Recovery, acceleration

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