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.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today