Read Write Inc. Fresh Start Fast Track Tutoring provides a fast track to rescue struggling readers.

It teaches students at their challenge point so they learn to read accurately and fluently - quickly.

It teaches them to spell correctly and use correct punctuation to help them get their ideas down on the page.

Accelerating reading progress

Students learn the English alphabetic code: the 150+ graphemes that represent 44 speech sounds.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively stories and non-fiction texts are both age appropriate and closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and as students re-read the texts, their fluency increases.

How is it organised?

9+ year-old pupils

20 to 25 minutes a day

Taught by tutors - teachers or TAs

Individuals or small groups of students taught at the same challenge point

Half-termly assessments

Recent case studies

EEF efficacy trial shows Fresh Start’s positive impact

The EEF reported that Fresh Start shows ‘considerable promise as an effective catch-up intervention for low-attaining readers at the transition phase from primary to secondary school.’

Pupils on Read Write Inc. Fresh Start made 3 months additional progress in reading, measured using the New Group Reading Test, during the five and a half month trial.

Read more about the trial


Our dynamic trainers demonstrate the activities step-by-step, using footage of real lessons. They help you practise and prepare before teaching and use management strategies to engage pupils and speed up progress. They show teachers how to assess for grouping and how to measure phonic knowledge.

Our new Fresh Start blended package for secondary schools combines the online training subscription with face-to-face training and support.

For further details, call 01275  331 230 or email us at

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See list of Fresh Start training packages

Watch our short film

Frequently asked questions

What is the training content and timings?

Day 1 content:

-       Speed Sounds Set 1, 2 and 3

-       Word reading and spelling

-        Assessment

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm


Day 2 content:

-        Module Reading activities – activities to build accuracy, speed and comprehension

-        Module Writing activities – spelling words and using punctuation correctly

-        Fresh Start timetables

Timings: 9am to 3.30pm

Who is Fresh Start for?

Fresh Start is a rapid catch up programme for:

  • Years 5 and 6 pupils who are reading below national expectations.
  • Secondary school students who did not meet national expectations at the end of KS2 and older struggling readers.

What is the difference between Fresh Start and Phonics?

Fresh Start uses the same teaching and learning principles as Read Write Inc. Phonics and includes many of the same activities. The Modules, matched decodable texts, are age appropriate to capture the interest of older students. We aim to get students reading accurately and fluently as quickly as possible so they can soon participate in all other school learning.

Is Fresh Start suitable for SEN students?

Yes, we have many schools where children with SEN are taught to read with Fresh Start. SEN students with significant delay will benefit from being taught one-to-one by a teacher or teaching assistant. Some students might be better placed on Read Write Inc. Phonics.

Does Fresh Start work for EAL students?

Yes, EAL students new to English make speedy progress and should be taught alongside other students. Always group EAL students according to their phonic progress. They are not held back in the programme because they are new to English.

How do I timetable Fresh Start teaching?

You will need 20 to 25 minutes a day, 5 days per week, per student or small group.

These short catch up sessions mean you can implement Fresh Start straight away without needing to re-organise the school timetable.

How are students grouped?

Students are assessed and grouped every half term by incremental phonic stages.

Students who are tutored individually make the speediest progress because you can target the tutoring specifically at their challenge point.


If this is not possible, teach students at the same challenge point in small groups (4 students or fewer).

Students who are reading the same Module can be taught in groups at the later stages of the programme.

How are students assessed for Fresh Start?

All students in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 who are below National Curriculum expectations for reading are assessed using our Entry Assessment. Students are placed in reading groups and reassessed and regrouped every 6-8 weeks.

Note: students are grouped by their word reading and fluency – not by comprehension or writing, or by their age.

Some schools also choose to use a commercial reading age test before and after Fresh Start teaching to measure the impact on their reading age.

How does this programme link to the National Curriculum?

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