Why Pilton went its own way

18th July 1997 at 01:00
Reading research backs Scots methods

The Reading Recovery programme developed by Dame Marie Clay has not taken off in Scotland - and not just on grounds of cost.

Greg McMillan and fellow psychologists who have been instrumental in developing early reading schemes at Pilton in Edinburgh have challenged its proponents who claim that 99 per cent of children going through the programme learn to become active problem-solvers and require no further help to cope at average class levels. "This is a large claim," they said in a recent report.

Reading Recovery is intended to be a preventative programme aimed at bringing children up to average levels of class attainment in 12 to 20 weeks.

But critics suggest the strategy is not cost-effective and ignores reading problems among pupils of average ability by concentrating on the four or five poorest readers in the second year of primary.

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