Unlocking the power of reading

A fresh, new and easy way for adults to learn to read, at their own pace, one to one with a friend, family member or other mentor.

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How it works

A person who can read (the mentor) works through the Turning Pages manuals with a person who wants to learn to read (the learner). No specialist training is needed for the mentor, they just need regular, short amounts of time to spend with their learner. Learning can take place anytime and anywhere to fit in with everyday life.

Turning Pages is a set of 5 friendly, structured manuals which use a synthetic phonics approach. Always starting with manual 1, a learner and mentor aim to work together for 20 minutes, 5 times a week but they will still make great progress with fewer sessions; the aim should be little and often. 

Each learner works at a pace that's right for them. There are no entry requirements or exams.  

Turning Pages is interactive. Learners build and practice their skills working through a range of different activities. 3 progress checks are built into each manual so learners and mentors can be confident new skills have been embedded. As these progress checks are completed Turning Pages reading books become available. These have been written to match the reading skills learners have covered so that they are giving the chance to put their new skills into action and so they can experience the joy of reading for pleasure from early on in the first manual.

'All you have to do is take the first step forward. I promise you, you won’t regret it. It will be the best thing you will ever do to better your life….I have got myself to the library for the first time and I read two pages a night of my book.'

Turning Pages Learner

Turning Pages manuals

There are 5 Turning Pages manuals. All learners start Turning Pages at the beginning of the first manual. Take a look inside the first part of each manual to see how Turning Pages works and the learner progresses.

Manual 1

Manual 2

Manual 3

Manual 4

Manual 5

Each manual:

  • Is interactive giving learners the chance to write and count
  • Uses a range of activities to learn, practice and embed new skills
  • Includes built-in progress checks
  • Has an introduction for the mentor
  • Uses a double page spread with mentor instructions on the left and learner activities on the right.
  • Uses synthetic phonics

Although Turning Pages manuals contain all the information needed for a confident reader to help a non-reader, there are some additional free resources available in the downloads section. The main thing is for mentors and learners get the sound of letters and letter combinations right - you can check this with the 'Getting the Sounds Right' download. 

Turning Pages reading books

As a learner completes each progress check, they’re signposted to specific Turning Pages reading books. The reading books are colour coded to the relevant manual. Click below to see a sample of one of the readers from sets 1 to 4. Check back soon for a sample of a set 5 reading book.

Manual 1

Manual 2

Manual 3

Manual 4

There are 46 reading books in total. 11 for manual 1, 10 each for manuals 2 and 3, 9 for manual 4 and 6 for manual 5. 

Each reading book:

  • Has been written to mirror the skills learners have covered up to that point.
  • Allows Learners to put their skills into action with a real book very quickly.
  • Includes some out of level words for Learners to practice with their mentor before starting the book.

Getting started with Turning Pages 

Turning Pages has been written for non-specialist delivery and everything you need is in the manuals and on the website.

  1. Read the introduction to the first (dark blue) manual, particularly up to page 11.
  2. If you're not confident with the phonic sounds go to the Audio page and listen to 'Getting the sounds right for mentors' while looking at pages 5-9 of the first manual.
  3. With your learner, start on page 25. Follow the instructions on the left-hand page while you learner uses the right-hand page. 
  4. Work through each page at a pace that is right for your learner: no more than 30 minutes a session (aim for 20), 1 session a day on manual work. This allows the learner to embed the learning (the 'sleep on it' approach). It doesn't matter how many pages you get through in one session. 
  5. Read ahead (left-hand pages) between sessions so you know what you have coming up next time.  
  6. Don't rush and don't skip any pages. 
  7. Introduce the reading books when prompted by a manual and download certificates from the website when needed. 
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'We wanted to use Turning Pages as it's specifically designed for adults.'

Read Easy UK
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'Within 2 months I read the 1st Turning Pages reading book which is the first time in my life I have ever read a book.'

Turning Pages learner

Explore the rest of our website to find out more about how Turning Pages works, and how to get started. You can also explore our downloads to really see what's available.

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