'It never fails to engage those who need it most.'

Who benefits from That Reading Thing?


TRT is for secondary age students in school or out of school. They might be many years behind in reading or just need a boost to access the language they need to thrive in high school. Dyslexic or 'just missed it', angry or co-operative, That Reading Thing is for them. And TRT is for you whether you know only one struggling teen reader or a whole class of them, whether you're a literacy specialist or a concerned parent or carer.

Post-16/Adult Literacy

They might be in an FE college, a community project, or they might be a friend or neighbour. TRT works for adults anywhere.Tricia has been one of the lead authors on the new DfE post-16 phonics released in 2019, so we understand the needs of the adult education sector. We also understand the shame around not being able to read as an adult and we guarantee dignity for our adult learners.

Year 6, P7, Grade 6

We used to be very protective of our high school brand, but wonderful things can happen at the top of primary for those who need a literacy boost before their transition to high school. TRT is priced to be affordable even if you have only one pupil who needs it. For the 8 to 10-year-old crowd, have a look at That Spelling Thing. Preventing 'toxic phonics' is a great gift to give that age group.

'A colleague in learning support says it's one of the most rewarding things she has done with students.'

How does it work?

The TRT Method

TRT is fun but satisfying, challenging but safe and fast. It's also evidence-based and externally assessed. Students work from sound to print using age-appropriate vocabulary and real reading material. TRT has its roots in linguistic phonics but has grown its own way of working with older learners who, unlike young children, come with much more language and life experience as well as embarrassment about their reading and spelling.

Read about age-appropriate phonics

Training & Resources

Online training to become a TRT tutor is available anywhere in the world that we can send your materials. £150 + p&p On-site training is available throughout the UK and Ireland and Western Australia. Get in touch for more information about whole school literacy, peer mentoring and cross-curricular spelling training.

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Delivering the Method

TRT requires about 1 hour per week one-to-one for 6-12 hours. After that, if confidence has increased, small group work is great. Add in spelling and writing to complement reading practice. Some will need one-to-one for longer, especially those who've been out of education for a long time and those who are still embarrassed to read in front of peers. Get in touch to ask about whole class methods based on That Reading Thing.

What Happens in a TRT Lesson?

'That Reading Thing is very quick. It engages all the senses and you see people really moving faster with it.'

Who trains to deliver TRT?

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Teachers & Support Staff

There are teachers and support staff using That Reading Thing in mainstream schools, F.E. colleges, special schools, pupil referral units, training agencies, youth offending teams and community education projects.

Professional Tutors

Dyslexia SpLd tutors, speech & language therapists, psychologists and general literacy specialists are getting great results with That Reading Thing. See the comment below from a dyslexia tutor.

Outside of Education

Parents, youth workers, and volunteers are all making a huge difference in their families and local communities. Some have teaching experience but many don't. We've priced TRT training and materials to cost the same as a few hours of private tutoring.

'Thank you for such fantastic support. I think TRT is the best value for money resource I have bought.'

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