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Why Reading Ropes?



Systematic Teaching of Phonemic Awareness

In Prep & Year One reduces Reading Problems by up to


5 Cornerstones

must be taught for children to Crack the Reading Code, as research repeatedly shows.

With Scaffolded Teaching & Instruction

the number of children who can move beyond the bottom 5% is:



I’m not saying no one benefits from Reading Recovery, I am saying that it is supposed to be helping the kids who struggle the most to read and the evidence shows that is absolutely not the case.  Professor James Chapman

Massey University

Mainstream early literacy teaching and Reading Recovery are both still grounded in the idea that reading is a natural process. However, we now know this is not the case. Reading is a complex, learnt skill. Lorraine Hammond

Edith Cowan University

It’s a vicious cycle because, even though phonics is now in the national curriculum, teachers are not necessarily being shown how to do that in their initia­l teacher education. Dr Jennifer Buckingham

Founder of FIVE from FIVE Project


What makes Reading Ropes special?

As special needs teachers, we realised parents needed better solutions. They needed to be empowered to make a difference.


Some tutors are fantastic, and the individualised attention is invaluable. However, reading intervention requires a little and often approach, particulalry for dyslexic children. Skills are often lost due to the infrequency of tutor visits.


Amazing teachers are worth their weight in gold, but many are unaware of best practice. A mostly one size fits all approach to classroom progression also impedes the progress of troubled readers and dyslexics, while decreasing motivation.

Online Phonics Activities

Online set and forget phonics games and activities can help, however lasting improvements are often limited. They also typically lack an evolving structure with real book reading. This is insufficient for dyslexic and slow progress readers. 

  • Evidenced Based Content 65% 65%
  • Logical Structure Reinforcing Skills 55% 55%
  • Sufficient Repetition & Intensity 15% 15%
  • Tailored to Child’s Learning Pace 100% 100%
  • Evidenced Based Content 60% 60%
  • Logical Structure Reinforcing Skills 40% 40%
  • Sufficient Repetition & Intensity 65% 65%
  • Tailored to Child’s Learning Pace 5% 5%
  • Evidenced Based Content 85% 85%
  • Logical Structure Reinforcing Skills 15% 15%
  • Sufficient Repetition & Intensity 55% 55%
  • Tailored to Child’s Learning Pace 80% 80%
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