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What are struggling readers?

A struggling reader is a child who finds difficulty learning to read.

Struggling readers are different from reluctant readers, but many may also be reluctant readers. This is because they find reading difficult and frustrating, which leads to them refusing to learn.

Why do some readers struggle?

There are lots of reasons why a child might be a struggling reader. For example, the child might:

  • find it difficult to sit still and concentrate because they're more of an active learner;
  • feel that they're behind their peers, leading to anxiety around reading;
  • have speech and language difficulties;
  • be in the early stages of learning English because they speak a different language at home;
  • have a history of reading or spelling difficulties in their family;
  • have dyslexia or other literacy learning difficulties.