Working with reception children to improve literacy levels This video features Advanced Teaching Assistant Sue Backhouse with a group of four Reception children from Hinderwell Primary School in Yorkshire. The video exemplifies the Oral Language intervention developed by York University dept of Psychology to help children identified as being at risk of poor literacy development. In this programme Sue introduces ?Ted? who helps her to focus the children?s attention on the vocabulary and narrative work and rewards them at the end of the session. The work is being assessed by researchers to see if the substantial improvements in Literacy can be sustained over time. It seems likely that the strategy will enable children who are at risk of later poor Literacy being able to access the curriculum and significantly improve their educational lives.

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