Expanding teaching expertise

Training in Reading Recovery builds on the skills, knowledge and experience that teachers have already acquired during their career. It is an opportunity to focus on an area of expertise and develop new capabilities.

If you are a teacher interested in Reading Recovery, there are three levels of professional training: Reading Recovery teacher, Tutor and Trainer. The University of Auckland offers Tutor and Trainer education.

Reading Recovery

Experienced junior class teachers who undertake a year of apprenticeship-style training to deliver intensive one-to-one instruction to 6-year-olds having difficulty with literacy learning.


Reading Recovery

Skilled teachers, knowledgeable about literacy, who complete a full time year of professional and academic training. This enables them to train Reading Recovery teachers and provide ongoing professional development and support for trained teachers.


Reading Recovery

Professional leaders in literacy who undertake an advanced year-long postgraduate programme of study. This prepares them to provide tertiary level training for Tutors and guide the effective delivery of Reading Recovery across a school system.



Reading Recovery teachers provide individual, daily help for a short time to the lowest achieving 6-year-olds in their schools.

Schools select experienced junior class teachers who are fully committed to undertaking the year-long training course. Throughout the year they work with at least four children individually for 30 minutes each child per day.

Teacher training begins with guidance on the administration and analysis of the assessment tasks outlined in An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement (Clay, 2019). This is followed by fortnightly in service sessions where, through observation and discussion of live lessons, teachers learn how to work with children using Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals (Clay 2016) as a support.

At the same time, and throughout the year, the teachers teach their own Reading Recovery children, learning on the job.

During their training year Reading Recovery teachers:

  • develop an understanding of reading and writing processes
  • become skilled at using a range of systematic observation techniques to assess and guide children's reading and writing progress
  • learn how to design individual instruction that assists the child to produce effective strategies for working on text
  • gain experience with critically evaluating their work and that of their peers
  • learn how to implement Reading Recovery effectively and report regularly on its operation in their schools.

Once trained, Reading Recovery teachers attend support sessions for as long as they are involved in Reading Recovery. These professional development sessions continue to be based on observation and discussion of Reading Recovery lessons and Early Literacy Support in schools.

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Reading Recovery Tutors play a key role in implementing Reading Recovery. They provide year-long inservice training courses for Reading Recovery teachers and ongoing professional development sessions, school visits, and consultancy services to Reading Recovery teachers and schools.

Professional training for Reading Recovery Tutors (called Teacher Leaders in USA and Canada) is conducted regularly as a year-long, full-time programme of study at The University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work.

The University awards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Reading Recovery Specialisation) for successful completion of the training programme. This Diploma covers the 5 following areas:

  • teaching Reading Recovery children
  • academic study in the areas of Developmental Psychology, Literacy Theories and Research and Issues in Literacy Difficulties
  • training and supporting Reading Recovery teachers
  • training in organisation and administration of effective Reading Recovery services
  • training in supporting Reading Recovery in schools and districts.

Applicants for Reading Recovery Tutor training should have:

  • successful junior class teaching experience
  • experience in or potential for educational leadership
  • evidence of on-going professional development and capability for continuing academic study good team and organisational skills
  • collaborative skills for working with colleagues in Early Literacy Support.

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Reading Recovery Trainers play a central leadership role in Reading Recovery. They provide tertiary level training for Tutors and also guide, monitor and support the effective delivery of Reading Recovery across an education system.

Reading Recovery Trainers establish new implementations, advise on policies, current issues and developments, and undertake and report on research. It is the responsibility of Trainers to keep up-to-date with current worldwide research, so that they can proactively steer any necessary changes to the development of Reading Recovery, to ensure the continued success of the intervention.

The National Reading Recovery Centre at The University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work is one of four international centres that offer professional training for Reading Recovery Trainers.

The full year programme of study incorporates academic and theoretical studies at Masters level or above, training experience with Tutor trainees undertaking Tutor training, contact with experienced Tutors in the field and practical work with young children.

Applicants for training as a Reading Recovery Trainer should be

  • highly qualified academically and professionally (MA or above)
  • able to work effectively with a range of professionals
  • capable of assuming responsibility for Tutor training and the effective delivery and development of Reading Recovery.

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