Success For All


Success for all Literacy Programme

Our aim

To improve reading standards for all children in the school, so that every child reaches their full potential in reading and writing.

What is Success for All?

It is a programme for teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening from Reception to Year 6.The programme is based on research and has been used widely both in the USA and the UK. It has been proven to raise standards in reading and writing. We were part of an Education Endowment Fund Research Project in 2013 which proved that children who learn using SFA make accelerated progress in reading and writing.

The programme covers the important elements of Literacy, including reading, writing and phonics (at Key Stage One). It also develops aspects of learning behaviour through the use of Co-operative learning strategies. Children learn to work with others, as a team and with partners. Partner and team talk is encouraged and children make progress in lessons as a result of this. An ideal SFA lesson should mean that the children are talking far more than the teachers!

Success for All at Overthorpe CofE Academy

  • Children are assessed on their reading comprehension. The children are then grouped according to their reading ability and how they have performed in the reading assessment.
  • They are taught in ability groups within each key stage and this takes place every day for 90 minutes.
  • In FS and KS1 children follow the ‘Kinder Roots’ and ‘Roots’ before moving onto ‘Wings’ in Y2.
  • Kinder Roots and Roots involves shared, paired and guided reading, daily phonics work, grammar and writing sessions.
  • In KS2 children follow the ‘Wings’ programme which ensures children are taught to read, analyse and respond to texts, learn the grammar and spelling requirements of National Curriculum 2014 and create redraft and edit their own pieces of writing. 
  • Co-operative learning is a very important part of the programme – children work in teams and have a partner within their team. At the beginning of a new cycle the children are put into teams of four and they decide on a team name. During the lesson children are given team points in lessons (up to 20 a day!) and then at the end of the week the team with the most points is given a certificate. Points are given for five different areas:
  1. Active listening
  2. Helping and encouraging others
  3. Completing tasks
  4. Everyone participating
  5. Explaining ideas and telling why

If there are any areas that a group or class need to work on the children are given the opportunity to earn double points.

*Children are given a co-operative learning target to work on every week

* Children are assessed approximately every eight weeks and are re-grouped if necessary.


Children are individually assessed every 6-8 weeks, in line with other school based assessments. This is to see how they are progressing and ensure that they are placed in the correct group.

Their progress is measured and they are re-grouped if necessary. This means that your child will be working with other children at the same achievement level, rather than age.




For more information visit