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Here are the answers to some of our frequently asked questions about the Rapid Plus series. 


Is Rapid Plus suitable for dyslexic students?
Yes – Rapid Plus is ideal for all students who need support with their reading, including those with dyslexia. The typeface used has been specially designed in consultation with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and always appears on a cream background, to support dyslexic readers.
My school uses the Catch Up programme – how does Rapid Plus work for that?

Rapid Plus' series editor, Dee Reid, is a co-founder of Catch Up – and the pedagogy that sits behind Rapid Plus is that of the Catch Up approach. The key principles of Catch Up are reflected in Rapid Plus:

Catch Up principle

Rapid Plus

Prepared reading

Before reading and introduction of Tricky words

Independent reading

Independent reading

Questions to develop comprehension        

Quiz page with questions to develop comprehension

Linked writing

Linked writing in the PCMs or on the software


Does Rapid Plus use a phonics based approach?
Rapid Plus will complement any phonics programme you are using. Many students who struggle with reading at Key Stage 3 have had many years of phonic training and yet are still struggling readers. Rapid Plus gives pupils the opportunity to read texts that engage their interest and are written in familiar and predictable language. Students may need continuing phonic training but they are more likely to see the purpose with these activities if they have had reading experiences that persuade them that persevering with reading is worthwhile. 
How does Rapid Plus support EAL students?
We have worked closely with EAL experts and trialled with EAL students to offer practical and effective strategies. The introduction to the Teaching Guide contains background on working with EAL students, including an invaluable grid of strategies to use before, during and after reading. Every set of reading notes for every text also includes an EAL advice box, translating those strategies into actual activities linked to the text.
Will the teaching guidance be suitable for my inexperienced TAs, or even volunteer helpers?
The reading notes in the Teaching Guides have been tested with working TAs in a range of schools ensuring they are practical, short and easy to use. No prior knowledge or preparation is needed – everything the TA needs for a good reading session is in the Reading Book or in the reading notes.
How do the end of stage assessments work?

Every stage of Rapid Plus as an assessment book. This contains two completely new fiction texts, one relating to the stories in Set A and one to Set B. The stories use the same words as the core readers in the set (only six new words are introduced).

Before the assessment reading session, make a copy of the assessment record for the text – available in the Teaching Guide. Introduce the text in the same way as usual, using the Before Reading page. Ask the student to read aloud to you. As they are reading, use the Running Record proforma to score all words read correctly; all omissions; all insertions and all errors.  

When the student has read the story, check comprehension, word knowledge and spelling by using the Quiz page. The questions on the Quiz page are reproduced on the Comprehension, Phonics and Spelling proforma. Give the student a score according to the scoring guidance.

Later, tally the number of errors noted on the Running Record proforma and use the table in the Teaching Guide to identify the accuracy rate. 

Refer to the ‘next steps’ advice in the Teaching Guide to decide what to do next according to the score achieved – either to move on to the next stage or to give further practice to develop particular skills before re-assessing.

Why have more stages been added to the top?
SENCOs told us about the ‘boomerang’ effect of students who have reached level 3, return to mainstream classrooms, and then struggle to keep up, eventually returning to the SEN department, often with behavioural problems born of frustration. Stages 7 to 9 are designed to bridge the gap between supported and independent reading, giving students leveled practice at level 3, to increase stamina and confidence. The Stages 7 to 9 books are ideal for bottom sets or groups.
Is it suitable for boys and girls?
Yes – the stories feature both boys and girls across the series, and all titles were tested with boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 14.


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How can Rapid Plus be used for small group guided reading and one on one intervention?


Rapid Plus guide

For further information on the Rapid Plus series, take a look at our updated Rapid Plus guide. It's a large file, so please make sure you're connected to Wifi before clicking on the link. (PDF, 44MB).

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