A SPECIAL reading scheme for children has been launched in Kirklees.
The Reading Recovery Room, one of the first in the country, was opened at Christ Church Woodhouse School, Deighton, by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman.
Janet Bolton a senior manager from Kirklees Learning, said the observation room was fitted with one-way glass.
She said the room was used to give intensive one-to-one tuition to Year 1 pupils who were not reading at the national average level and also to train future tutors.
She said the new facility would be used by 11 schools in its first year and slowly expanded to cover more over the next few years.
At the Labour Party conference this week Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised the scheme.
He spoke of meeting ‘Max’, a six-year-old at Lauriston Primary School in Hackney, east London, who had been struggling to read.
He said Max had received one-to-one coaching and had done brilliantly as he read to the Premier.
The PM added: “What he was really telling us is that every child has potential if given the chance.
“Today in education, private schools offer one-to-one tuition.
“But why shouldn't all pupils and not just some benefit from extra personal help?”
Mr Brown added that he was eventually aiming to expand the scheme to 300,000 pupils across England.