What is "Read On"?

Peer tutoring of reading in the primary (elementary) school is now commonplace. For both same-age and cross-age tutoring, the structured "Paired Reading" method (P.R.) has been intensively researched and found to be effective, yielding gains in Reading ability for both tutors and tutees if organised correctly. This project seeks to extend the Paired Reading method to give a more conscious focus on higher order reading skills - "Paired Reading and Thinking" (P.R.T.). Ten and eleven year olds (P6 and P7 in Scotland) are deployed as peer tutors for 6 and 7 year olds (P2 and P3), in a within-school cross-age format.

Five pilot local education authorities (school districts) across Scotland were selected from a list of those interested, and within each, pilot schools similarly selected. In Phase 1, teachers from the 13 schools were trained in the P.R. method and to select, match, train and monitor their pairs in school. After 6-7 weeks of P.R., Phase 2 commenced - the teachers were trained to instigate the P.R.T. development. Implementation integrity of the programme was kept under review in the project schools.

The reading ability of the peer tutors and tutees was assessed immediately prior to training the children in P.R., again shortly after the start of the P.R.T. development, and at follow up at the end of the academic year. Six of the 13 schools also tested control or comparison groups of tutors or tutees or both.

Since the initial pilot project many other schools have taken up the approach in the "Next Steps" phase, and further intensive research is being conducted.

This project is supported by BP Amoco and The Scottish Executive, and was part of the National Year of Reading in Scotland.

On this site, you will find information targeted on teachers and researchers. This includes many of the resource materials used in training the participating teachers, tutors and tutees for both Phase 1 (Paired Reading) and Phase 2 (Paired Reading and Thinking) (as downloadable files in various formats). There are also sections recording the comments of participating teachers and children in the project schools, the latter intended for access by children themselves. A developing section on Evaluation is followed by a selection of Useful Links and Email contact facility.

"A book is made better by good readers and clearer by good opponents"

 Nietzsche (1879)