Ruth has made a significant contribution to teaching children to read across the country, using techniques she developed as a headteacher in Tower Hamlets. She believes that every child can and must learn to read. For over two decades, her time has been devoted to developing a phonics programme called Read Write Inc (RWI). This has been adopted by over 7000 schools across the UK and worldwide. Since 1997, successive governments have drawn on her expertise in the teaching of literacy. She advised on the Rose Review into the teaching of reading, the phonics screening check, the National Curriculum and Lord Bew’s SATs Review Committee. She has also led the English Hubs Training Centre and co-wrote the Department For Education’s Reading Framework.