Closing the Reading Gap Early – Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 Intervention Training

In the short term, next academic year, there will be many pupils who will need to catch up due to learning loss with reading after the disruption to school life caused by Coronavirus lockdowns. Current government guidance is advising schools to prioritise the identification of gaps and re-establish good progress in phonics, reading, vocabulary and writing. FFT Wave 3 includes all of these essential elements within the lesson structure and our package also includes training in diagnostic assessment to ensure high-quality information is collected.

Intervention format:

Fisher Family Trust Wave 3 (FFT) is a 12 – 20 week highly structured reading and writing intervention programme delivered by Teaching Assistants and co-ordinated by teachers. Aimed at Year 1 and Year 2 pupils reading well below the expected standard for their age in relation to national expectations in both reading and writing, this intervention programme will help to close the reading gap early. This programme can also be used to intensify teaching for pupils in Y3 and 4 working at low average in relation to national expectations.


The training will address effective:

• Implementation and analysis of selected assessment procedures

• Teaching of reading and writing in response to assessment analysis

• Tailoring of learning programmes to address individual pupil learning needs to ensure accelerated progress

• Critical reflection through observation of recorded lessons to stimulate professional dialogue


Training format: The course will be spread out over three days (or 6 half days if training is online):

Day 1: Diagnostic Assessment and observing reading behaviour

• Day 2: The Reading Day

• Day 3: The Writing Day and getting started


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Dates:  Dates for 2021/22 tbc

Venue: This training will be delivered online

Audience: this is a TA led intervention but to ensure maximum impact back in school it is advised that a teacher mentor/specialist reading teacher attend all 3 training days alongside their teaching assistant(s)

Cost of training is: £325 per delegate (includes a resource file worth £80)

£1800 per school for a bespoke version of this training with as many delegates as the school requires.

For more information and to book a place please contact: Leah Freeman, – Deputy Leader Oasis Innovation Teaching School/Boosting Reading National Leader/Reading Recovery Teacher Leader

This course forms part of an exciting partnership with the Alliance for Learning and Oasis Innovation Teaching School Alliance.