(from the YJB website – example of effective practice.)
This programme is specifically written for teenagers and adults and overcomes the problem of finding a reading scheme which does not use ‘childlike language’. The scheme gives young people to opportunity to read words in any situation rather than just memorising specific words that are frequently encountered. It also leads to success right from the very first session; for example, one young man was able to spell a 3 syllable word (his home area of Wigan, Pemberton) at the end of session one. His response was “I didn’t think I could spell that”. This is a good alternative to programmes such as ‘Toe by Toe’ which is used successfully in the secure estate, but where young people only have limited contact with the Service.