The intimate and informal atmosphere of the training allowed them to ask many questions and to seek further clarification. All seemed enthused after the session and were looking forward to participating in the delivery for the waitlist control pupils. In discussion with the developer after the training session, it was made clear that the trainees would be able to have further tuition for their first few sessions of solo delivery, should they require it.
While the sessions are initially led by Marion, she also trains a number of school staff as part of the package. This means that in future we can continue to run the programme ourselves, which is without doubt something we intend to do!
Launcelot Primary School
After the ten training sessions there is an expectation that the developer will go through the website with the trainees, so they will know where to access resources.
The session invariably happened in a music room, or an ITC suite, ie a room that was quite large but unused at the time the sessions were taking place. Pupils were invited to sit on chairs in a semi-circle, where they could see an interactive whiteboard. The developer used the whiteboard to display musical notation and played an audio file, which the pupils were encouraged to chant and stamp along to.
I think that part of the reason that the programme works so well for all pupils is that the sessions take place in small bursts. With the Rhythm for Reading programme, they remain focused from beginning to end, and always leave the sessions looking forward to the following week.
Year 2 Teacher, Adamsrill School
We have a really diverse mix of students taking part in the programme; from those in need of a confidence boost before their SATs to those with a range of learning differences. The programme works very well with children from all backgrounds and has a real inclusive ethos.
Year 2 Teacher, Adamsrill Primary School
All the audio files were pre-recorded and the musical notation pre-written, with a number of various compositions available for each session. These are downloaded from the Rhythm for Reading website.
Rhythm for Reading has worked incredibly well for us and has had such a positive impact on our students; not just in terms of their reading ability, but also with regards to their enthusiasm for it, which has been completely revitalised.
Year 2 Teacher, Adamsrill Primary School
Just a little bit of feedback from today. The ladies loved your sessions and are buzzing about the possibilities. They can't wait till next week!
Assistant Headteacher, Queenborough School
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These are tiny exercises that make a huge difference to students’ learning. They resolve persistent learning barriers, such as weak control of visual gaze, inability to sustain attention and distractibility. If these barriers are not addressed they are likely to impede attainment in the long term. The ‘Prepsteps’ are delivered as fast-paced games and are blended into a sequence, achieving a remarkable impact in a short amount of time.
Teachers watch a brief video of each ‘Prepstep’ as a preparation for delivering the Rhythm for Reading session. For deeper understanding of the programme, there is a fact sheet that explains how each tiny step works.
These make up the core of the Rhythm for Reading programme. Rhythmic patterns are used instead of words to strengthen cognitive control, sooth erratic eye-movements during reading as well as improve students’ ability to detect the sounds of language, the syntactic structures of language and ability to automatically process content in language.
The rhythm-based reading tasks make a huge difference to students’ phonological awareness, reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
The complexity of the tasks increases week by week as the students’ capacity to respond with precision and cognitive control develops.
Entrainment is an important part of the programme and naturally occurs, for example when clocks synchronise to the strongest time-keeper. Entrainment instantly energizes the atmosphere in the room, creating a sense of fun and enjoyment.
This live training is relevant to the first half of the Rhythm for Reading programme and is very ‘hands-on’. Teachers learn how to deliver the programme by taking part in all the exercises. The training shows teachers how to:
This live training is relevant to delivering the second half of the Rhythm for Reading programme and shows teachers through active participation how to:
At the beginning of the Rhythm for Reading programme, we offer a twilight INSET session for teachers who are involved in the teaching of reading.
The purpose of this session is to:
Shadowing sessions with a Rhythm for Reading specialist take place at the same time each week for ten weeks. The specialist visits the school for a half day per week, so that there is enough time to work with up to nine groups of students (90 students) and train up to nine teachers every week. The training includes:
No prior experience in reading music notation is needed.
After the ten shadowing sessions, the teachers take part in a in a workshop to practice delivery of the programme and to review the progress made by the case study children over the ten weeks.
Face-to-face refresher training is offered regularly.
We offer a free consultation meeting to discuss your requirements and create a bespoke resources folder. Please suggest a couple of suitable dates for a meeting here.
Headteachers often contact Rhythm for Reading when they are preparing for an inspection. The programme creates a friendly buzz and boosts attainment in a very short period of time. We have often delivered shadowing sessions in front of very smiley inspectors!
These are our most popular options:
Please suggest a couple of suitable dates to discuss your requirements here.
Rhythm for Reading is grateful to the Education Endowment Foundation for their support. Read the full report here.