A new centre which will train teachers to help children who find it difficult to read is set to open in Lichfield.

The Staffordshire Reading Recovery Centre will be officially launched at Rocklands School on July 19.

Reading Recovery teachers undergo a one-year-long training course during which they learn the theory of early literacy to enable children to catch up with the rest of their class.

The site has cost £29,000 to refurbish, and will be opening by Sally Rees, Director for Children, Young People and Families at Staffordshire County Council.

County Councillor Liz Staples, Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“It’s essential that every child has basic literacy skills, and it is important that those who sometimes find this difficult are given the support they need so they don’t fall behind their peers.  The Reading Recovery Centre is an excellent way for teachers to learn the skills to help children who have difficulties, ensuring they have every opportunity to learn and progress.”

This year’s group of 15 teachers who have completed their training will also be presented with their certificates at the opening.

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