International Literacy Centre to offer in-depth professional learning


A new literacy centre aimed at improving the reading and writing skills of children has opened at London’s Institute of Education (IoE).

The International Literacy Centre is to be run as a not-for-profit social enterprise and will offer professional learning and CPD through practical courses to help schools grow their literacy expertise.

It is intended to build on the work of the IoE’s popular Reading Recovery programme and will target pupils from the early years through to secondary level.

The new centre is to be headed up by Julia Douetil, who previously led the team at the European Centre for Reading Recovery. 

She has authored a number of publications on Reading Recovery and literacy interventions and is considered an expert in the field of early literacy intervention.

Ms Douetil, said: “The most important factor in ensuring success for struggling young readers and writers is the quality of their teacher. 

“That is what the new International Literacy Centre is all about; deep professional learning to support teachers to respond creatively, effectively and efficiently to the needs of their pupils, whatever their age or ability. 

“The Reading Recovery programme has already helped thousands of children who were struggling with literacy. Now we are able to help many more.”

The Reading Recovery programme has run for the past 21 years and promotes literacy education for children aged 2 to 13. For more information on the new International Literacy Centre, visit



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