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"Fix It Reading"

Posted: Fri May 05, 2023 2:43 pm
by Elizabeth
Has any one used this intervention for KS3?

My sense, by looking at what's quoted below, is that it's too detailed and will take students away from the texts the rest of their class is studying. Also, it doesn't appear to tackle the fact that students may have poor comprehension because they can't decode fluently. However, I know only the following details, so I may be wrong.

Here's what I read about it:
Designed to support struggling readers aged 11-14 whose reading attainment has fallen behind their expected level, Fix it reading is a KS3 literacy intervention programme based on practical, evidence-based reading comprehension strategies.

Fix it reading supports struggling readers, by building their confidence and enjoyment in reading.

The Fix it reading teacher handbook, for experienced English teachers, non-subject specialists, literacy coordinators and TAs, will take you step-by-step through the 12-week programme, with detailed lesson plans and practical CPD guidance on how and why these reading comprehension strategies work for literacy intervention.

The Fix it reading student workbook provides everything students need to catch up, including engaging texts to read, classroom activities and worksheets.

It’s been designed to support Pupil Premium students, as well as students whose progress in reading has been negatively affected by Covid-19 school closures. It also supports learners whose reading age doesn’t correspond to their chronological age, and younger learners who have transitioned from primary school but are not at the expected level for their reading.

The lessons are devised for 1:1, small group and whole group intervention sessions or as a complementary resource in English classes.

Key features of this reading intervention programme:

The 60-page teacher's handbook includes 12 detailed lesson plans, starter and plenary ideas, homework tasks and evidence-based teaching notes and CPD guidance.

The accompanying 69-page student workbook builds learners’ reading and literacy skills and includes carefully selected texts to engage struggling readers. It also includes worksheets and activities to develop their independent reading skills and reading fluency, and word reading and decoding strategies to develop their vocabulary skills.

Includes fiction and non-fiction texts on a range of engaging themes, with extracts from accessible young adult novels chosen to appeal to key stage 3 learners like City of Ghosts, Home Ground and The Hound of the Baskervilles. It also includes graphic novels, news articles, websites, and fact sheets to anticipate some of the text forms and genres of writing English students will encounter at GCSE.

Complements our popular KS3 writing intervention programme, Fix it writing, which develops students’ writing skills and provides targeted learning support for students.

What's inside the teacher handbook?

An introduction to Fix it reading

How to use the teacher handbook

Understanding a student’s reading level and reading age

What difficulties do struggling readers face at secondary school?

The learning experience for struggling readers: advice for teachers

What does an improved reader look like?

Selecting appropriate texts to read

Reading and the whole-school setting

Section 1: Practical reading comprehension strategies

1a Practical strategies for supporting students’ comprehension

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

1b Practical strategies for inferring meaning

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

1c Practical strategies for summarising

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

1d Practical strategies for word recognition

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Section 2: Group reading strategies

2a Reading aloud

2b Reciprocal reading

Lesson 10

Lesson 11

Lesson 12

Teacher observations: Reading confidence and progress

Parental tips for supporting reading


What's inside the Fix it reading student workbook?


Reading survey

Reading strategies

Lesson 1: Skimming and scanning

Text 1: ‘UK Black Lives Matter protesters pull down statue of slave trader…’ (news article)

Lesson 2: Predictions and questions

Text 2: 12 Years a Slave (memoir)

Lesson 3: Questions and signposts

Text 3a: Modern slavery factsheet (non-fiction)

Text 3b: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (non-fiction)

Text 3c: Stories of Freedom – Judith, Tanzania (non-fiction)

Lesson 4: Inference

Text 4: Patina by Jason Reynolds (fiction)

Lesson 5: Inference

Text 5: Home Ground by Alan Gibbons (fiction)

Lesson 6: Summarising and note-taking

Text 6: ‘Kids' Survival Guide: Practical Skills for Intense Situations’ (non-fiction)

Lesson 7: Summarising and note-taking

Text 7: ‘Eating insects: Should we be eating more? Why are they so good?’ (news article)

Lesson 8: Word detectives (word decoding strategies)

Lesson 9: Word detectives (word decoding strategies)

Text 9: ‘The Pie Thief’ (graphic short story)

Lesson 10: Reciprocal reading

Text 10: City of Ghosts – part 1 (fiction)

Lesson 11: Reciprocal reading

Text 11: City of Ghosts – part 2 (fiction)

Lesson 12: Reciprocal reading

Text 12: The Hound of the Baskervilles (fiction)


About the writer of our intervention programme:

Annabel Wall has taught English for over 20 years and currently works for a Hospital Education and Reintegration service (HERS) within a large MAT. A former second in department, she’s also an educational consultant and writer for BBC Bitesize and the author of a wide range of educational resources, textbooks and GCSE revision guides.

Fix it reading


This is a sample from a lesson on summarising and note-taking.

Lesson objective:
Understand how to summarise the main ideas from a non-fiction text. Use a scaffolded technique to develop your note-taking skills.

The skills of summarising and note-taking can help if you need to read and understand a text in detail.

Summarise means to sum up and briefly outline the main points of ideas.
You are going to read a text about survival. If you were in a survival situation, what would you include in your own basic survival kit?

Think of between 5 and 10 items and write or draw them in the rucksack below.