Learning to read is one of the most important life skills teachers can help a child develop. Teaching reading is a vital part of a career in the classroom and engaging with the range of different learning styles children have is a real challenge. Trainee teachers need to learn how to address this variety of learning needs, and also meet the wider demands of the curriculum. Margaret Perkins helps students meet these challenges to become a confident, reflective teacher of reading by providing: * An in-depth explanation of phonics teaching alongside other teaching approaches, empowering trainees to choose the right approach for each individual child * Key research findings so students can apply the latest thinking to their teaching practice* School-based activities and independent learning tasks to help apply theory to practice, and develop teaching skills through self-reflection * Classroom scenarios of teacher-child interactions that demonstrate how children learn and respond to different teaching strategies.

Supporting Individuals

Supporting Individuals

Supporting Individuals

Chapter objectives

At the end of this chapter you should:

  • be aware of the responsibilities of teachers towards children with special educational needs
  • be able to provide for precocious readers within your class
  • have some strategies for encouraging reluctant readers
  • know the needs of children for whom English is an additional language and be able to support them
  • know the support available for children with dyslexia
  • be familiar with some intervention strategies to support struggling readers.


The National Curriculum (DfE, 2014) states:

A wide range of pupils have special educational needs; many of them also have disabilities. Lessons should be planned to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. In many cases, such planning will mean that these pupils will be able to study the full ...

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