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Drop Everything and Read and Write (Dear) - London South East Colleges

Principal focus of the project

This aim of this project was to bridge a skills gap in comprehension that was negatively impacting achievement amongst GCSE English and Functional Skills learners.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

Assessments had shown that learners were routinely misreading texts and failing to understand the foundations of any given text, which was leading to lower level answers. The DEAR project was trialled to help bridge the gap between reading frequency and attainment, as well as providing scaffolding to support learner comprehension, critical analysis, and understanding of the creative writing process. This involved using the Reading Agency's 'Quick Reads' scheme, DEAR Reading Circles and Writing Workshops. The project outcomes were very positive, with learners engaged, motivated and enjoying a structured approach to reading comprehension.

Number of participants who worked with the project
Name of associate programmes

OTLA 6 (English)


An OTLA project by London South East Colleges inspired by the National Literacy Trust national scheme to boost reading for pleasure, aimed to create a scaffolded approach to reading and writing for GCSE English and Functional Skills learner. 

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