Reading Recovery

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Developed in the 1970s by New Zealand educator Prof. Dame Marie Clay, Reading Recovery is a school-based, short term intervention designed to reduce the number of Year 1 students having difficulties learning to read and write. Students receive a series of individual, 30-minute Reading Recovery lessons daily from a specially trained teacher.

Reading Recovery is one of a number of intervention programs that schools may choose to use to support students’ literacy development in the second year of schooling.

Participation in Reading Recovery
Professional development is an essential part of Reading Recovery, utilising a three-tiered approach that includes teachers, tutors, and trainers. Professional development for all Reading Recovery professionals begins with a year of professional development and continues in subsequent years. With the support of the tutor, Reading Recovery teachers develop observational skills and a repertoire of intervention procedures tailored to meet the individual needs of at-risk students.

Research and resources
This section identifies research and articles about Reading Recovery.

Victorian Reading Recovery Guidelines (pdf - 200.35kb)
The Reading Recovery guidelines are currently being updated.

Enquiries about Reading Recovery may be directed to