Phonics message from our Headteacher
Our clear message to young people and staff is ‘we are readers’. Hurworth House School has a commitment that every child should be a fluent reader.
All our young people arrive at Hurworth House School having been unable to manage in a mainstream and/or specialist school setting. They will have considerable gaps in learning, levels of attainment that are significantly below age related national expectations, and in some cases, without any formal schooling. A high proportion of the cohort have high anxiety and negative feelings about themselves as learners, which prevents them from mixing in large groups.
We chose Little Wandle to support our ‘reading vision’ as it provided a robust, well-resourced phonics programme. Our teachers are creative, however we found that they were focussing on the planned activity rather than the phonics being learned. We required a consistency in approach to rapidly close gaps and enable our young people to read as quickly as they could.