Helping those who are slipping behind, in the most dramatic of ways.

There is one time of the year during which everyone expects something new: September.  Students have obviously advanced a year, there may perhaps be some new members of staff, there are newcomers in the school just starting their secondary schooling.

Such a moment can be the perfect time to suggest a change.   Especially if the change involves the introduction of a new process to aid those students whose literacy attainments were particularly below average in the previous year.

Indeed, if these students then make a great leap forwards in literacy, that change will have a dramatic impact on not just the students and their parents but also on the whole school. Word spreads that your school really can and will make a difference in terms of literacy.

The approach that can achieve such a dramatic turnaround from the beginning of the academic year uses one-to-one tuition for selected pupils and students – but without the costs normally associated with these sorts of initiatives.

Of course, these are bold claims and you will want to see this validated.  This is why we offer a free trial of our approach. If you arrange a trial now, we can ensure this happens in the first half of the coming term.

Through our program, every literacy misunderstanding and every concept not fully grasped is instantly spotted, resulting in the student being taken back a step for remedial work. After this, progress and advancement resumes.

Each individual’s literacy needs are thus analysed and each student is directed to an engaging set of activities which remedy any deficits before advancing through to the next set of skills.

Because the level of instruction is so accurately reflective of the child’s current abilities, the student then gets a feeling of success and progress which of itself is highly motivational.

To enable you to see this process in action before making any firm decisions, there is more information about Lexia Strategies® and the extraordinary results that other schools have seen here.

You can also read a variety of case studies here. You will find on the top right of the page the link to gain full access to the program for 30 days without any payment or commitment.

If you want to know more about the program, please do call 0191 482 1939 or email

Rob Kay

LexiaUK Software Consultant.

How many books by Danish authors in your school library?

Yes, you probably have some fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen there, but can you even name another Danish author? Astrid Lindgren, you cry, but no, she was actually Swedish.

Your students are probably surprisingly knowledgeable about Danish literature, even so. While many have enjoyed the recent films about Thor and Loki, few realise these Super Heroes are ancient Gods from the Nordic myths and legends.

To motivate them to find out more, there’s a new Danish classic on offer called Erik and the Gods; Journey to Valhalla by the distinguished Dane Lars-Henrik Olsen. (He also set up the Panda Club for the World Wildlife Fund but that’s another story…)

Aimed at lovers of adventure stories such as ‘Beast Quest’ this rollicking tale of a13 year old battling Giants and Monsters, has been translated into English for the first time. It’s considered the Danish equivalent to ‘Lord of the Rings’ and has won awards in Denmark and the UK. And yes, there’s going to be a film…

If you would like to read a copy – or book the author to give a talk at your school in October – there is an immediate opportunity. Or if you’d like to know more about our other YA fiction titles in translation,  please do call 0203 261 0000 or email or simply visit our website today:

Cheryl Robson