Letter: In Brief

Sir: Now that David Blunkett has rediscovered phonics, he should look at another approach that works. Put a volunteer tutor alongside a new reader for one hour a week and you will raise reading levels by one year in a single term. It is an amazingly cost-effective method which takes pressure off teachers, gives immense satisfaction to volunteers and helps children both to read and to enjoy books.

ELISABETH HOODLESS

Executive Director

Community Service Volunteers

London N1

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