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Reading the evidence

Your article on Reading Recovery (TES, May 21) rightly points out that the National Literacy Strategy (now part of the Primary National Strategy) continues to recognise Reading Recovery as a valuable "Wave 3" intervention for children with literacy difficulties.

The article also says that studies differ in their views about how long the effects last. We think the UK evidence speaks for itself: when the 600 children who took part in Reading Recovery five years ago were followed up in 2003, more than half had achieved at least a level 4 in reading at the end of Key Stage 2 and, of these, 10 per cent achieved level 5.

These were children in their class with the most severe difficulties in literacy, in schools serving areas of high social deprivation. Reading Recovery remains one of the few Wave 3 intervention programmes able to demonstrate lasting effects of this kind. The long-term cost benefits are well proven.

Jean Gross Senior director, achievement and inclusion Primary National Strategy Centre for School Standards 60 Queens Road, Reading

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