Cumbria Reading Intervention is an intensive, research-based programme that is highly effective at speeding up the development of children's early literacy skills. The theoretical basis of the programme involves the linking of the teaching of reading with the development of a child's phonological skills (their ability to process sounds in language). The Cumbria Reading Intervention project has been supported by Cumbria County Council since the early 1990s and has already benefited thousands of children.
Each programme is unique and specifically planned for an individual child. Teaching is based on detailed assessments of a child at the start of a programme. These assessments are then repeated at the end of the programme to measure progress.
In Cumbria, a Reading Intervention trained teacher or teaching assistant works on a one-to-one basis with a child. The programme usually involves 48 sessions of support delivered over a 12-week period.