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THE SOUND READING SYSTEM and Our Right to Read, OxfordFiona Nevola

The Foundation Our Right to Read now has Charitable status. The aim of the charity is to help children, who have struggled to learn to read, by providing the best individual tuition regardless of ability to pay.

THE SOUND READING SYSTEM has been adopted by the Charity Our Right to Read to advance literacy teaching and to establish a simple understanding of the English language code as the key to reading.

The Foundation have set out their aims and objectives:

·               To advance literacy by the straightforward teaching of phonics in a straightforward, logical form to establish a simple understanding of the English language code as the key to reading.

·               To offer children and young people the opportunity to learn to read which has been denied them.

·               To establish Reading Clinics to teach reading on a remedial one-to-one basis.

·               To encourage parents and carers to participate in the child’s remedial learning process by attending the clinics and actively supporting the failsafe methodology between lessons.

·               To provide grants for those who need financial help with the cost of tuition and training courses.

·               To provide certificated training courses in the teaching of THE SOUND READING SYSTEM

·               To demonstrate, by example and advocacy, that all children (with the exception of those very few with profound learning difficulties) can, with effective tuition, learn to read.


This programme is based on the principles set out by Diane McGuinness in Why Children Can’t Read (1997/8), the Prototype outlined in Early Reading Instruction (2004), and the spelling programme Allographs (1995). Diane McGuinness is a patron of Our Right to Read.

The essence of the Prototype (first published in the Newsletter 49, Autumn 2002) is that it spells out the exact nature and structure of the English alphabet code and precisely which elements need to be taught and which do not. This makes it possible to achieve the maximum progress in the minimum amount of time. Specific curriculum details have been worked out by the author in working with numerous pupils – all of whom have learned to read in 18 hours or less (one-to-one tuition with support). Every pupil has made gains of between 18 months and 4 years in their reading/spelling age within this time.

What does a child, from his point of view, need to know?

·               I know that words are made up of individual sounds.

·               I know there are about (only) 40-44 sounds in our language.

·               When we write words we mark each sound by a letter or more than one letter.

·               When we read we turn the letters back into sounds again to find the word.

·               Our spelling system ‘doesn’t play fair’, because there is more than one way to spell each sound.

·               My teacher shows me how to find the spellings and we sort them and I write them.

e.g. the sound /ee/                     

me         tree       team      sunny

      she        green      bean       funny

·               I discover that sometimes a spelling has more than one sound, so we sort them as well, by listening for a real word.

e.g the spelling ea                     

team       head       break

·               I can read everything my teacher has taught me and

·               I can learn to spell everything my teacher has taught me. It is fun to learn to read!

Contact Fiona Nevola on +44-(0)1865 728760 or for further information on the Trust, the teaching and the training.




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