Cued Spelling is a paired intervention that incorporates the methods and approaches of paired reading, with the aim of helping pupils gain the ability to spell confidently and accurately as well as maintaining a high level of motivation. Devised by Keith Topping and colleagues at the University of Dundee, it involves either parent and child or two children working together – in the latter case the roles of tutor and tutee may be fixed, or be reversed from time to time. Working on a brief but regular one-to-one basis (generally around three 15-minute sessions a week, for a period of 6-8 weeks), peer tutors guide the tutee using simple techniques, strategies and prompts to provide immediate feedback and support. A guide for introducing Cued Spelling is available for free via the TES website.
Cued Spelling has not been included in any systematic reviews into the effectiveness of educational programmes.
- Key Stage 1
- Key Stage 2
Guide available for free from TES website