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Reading Quest


This programme targets early readers, usually in Year 2, who still lack the key skills and strategies needed for successful reading.

There are many reasons for this:

  • some receive little educational support from parents or carers;
  • some have parents with low levels of literacy;
  • others experience emotional and behavioural difficulties;
  • many are at the early stages of learning to speak English
  • some are just a little slower than their peers at developing literacy skills.
  • However, one thing that is common to most of the children we work with is the lack of confidence in themselves as learners.

“Reading Quest children make, on average, 15 months progress in reading and 9 months progress in spelling over the six week period”

Quest for Learning tutors work one-to-one with these children over a six week period, providing an intensive programme of support of three half-hour sessions each week. Tutors are trained to observe each child carefully to identify barriers to learning. Lessons are tailored to the needs of each pupil. Every lesson involves supported reading of quality picture books or non-fiction, some written work, and precision teaching of keywords or phonic strategies, using a variety of methods including playing of literacy games. At the end of each session, the child chooses a book to take home and is given a ‘quest’, to encourage them to share the book at home and discover the answer to a question posed by them or the tutor.

Tutors assess children at the beginning and end of the programme. Reading Quest children make, on average, 15 months progress in reading and 9 months progress in spelling over the six week period. Many gain a new-found confidence in themselves as readers and a real engagement with books.


“RQ has made a big impact on my child, it helps her with her writing, reading and boosts her confidence”.

“I didn’t ever want to stop doing Reading Quest. It was so much fun.”

“Reading Quest is a fantastic opportunity for your child to take part in and to help them reach their potential”.

Max’s Story

Max had recently been placed in foster care. His self-esteem had been badly damaged and learning was extremely difficult for him, particularly at a time when he was adjusting to so much upset and change. He was identified as a child who would benefit from some 1:1 tuition with the Quest for Learning ‘Reading Quest’ programme. Between September and December Max settled into the routine of working with his tutor and began to thrive. In fact, he made two years’ worth of progress in his reading in those few months! In a recent session he proudly brought along his new class reading book and explained to his Quest for Learning tutor that he had been moved up to ‘green’ - he’d made it! Green is the appropriate reading level for his age. Four months previously he’d been unable to read sentences. At that moment, Max felt on top of the world!

Quest for Learning offers dedicated 1:1 time for children to focus on their learning and overcome the challenges they are facing every day in the classroom. They finish their Quest for Learning course with a proven ability to learn and self-confidence which extends on into all areas of their learning journey.

Upcoming courses

Thursday 30th January


Thursday 30th January

Harwell, Didcot

Thursday 6th February

Harwell, Didcot

Thursday 6th February



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