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That Reading Thing – are there age limits?

Yes! And I say this in quite an impassioned way.

It should not be used with anyone below Year 6 or 11 years of age (or at least soon to be 11).

Why?  Two reasons:

  1. It’s aimed directly at teenagers and the content is not always suitable for the average 10 year old.
  2. I would be horrified to hear that the 8 year old sister of one of our high school students was getting the same TRT intervention. It spoils the whole point which is that it’s NOT a baby programme.


I say it’s Year 6 but only then with the proviso that it’s meant to be looking forward to secondary school, as in, “This is something you might also get when you move up to Year 7; would you like to start now?”

It is not meant to make an 11 year old struggling reader feel younger than his peers. In fact, it is the polar opposite of that top year junior having to go to the infant department to find something suitable for his reading level. It’s about getting ready for high school and looking forward to all the good things there.

So – I guess it comes down to branding, but branding for the benefit of the recipients and not the creator. TRT exists for OLDER struggling readers because there is very little out there that is created only for them. It’s about the dignity of our learners

As for the upper age range, there is no limit. It works with any adult as long as you pay close attention to what they wish to read.

Get in touch if you want ideas for working with younger children. I’ll happily point you to more appropriate programmes.

Also get in touch if you want to talk about how to use this with your Year 6s. There are a couple of training options.

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