Background & Mission
I made a promise to myself never to become that moaning, burnt-out teacher in the staffroom. That promise became, ´The Reading Doctor´.
The Reading Doctor Mission:
¨The Reading Doctor removes barriers to becoming a successful reader by building learning pathways that enable the child to become a confident and capable reader, who reads for pleasure and reads to learn. ¨
Deborah Salsbury CEO and Founder
The Reading Doctor is an intervention for children having difficulties learning to read. It was devised by Deborah Salsbury, a Reading Recovery trained teacher.
Reading Doctor Branch Owners
As a Reading Doctor branch owner, you will have your very own territory, a complete set up of your home teaching hub, complete with bespoke resources and be fully trained in teaching using The Reading Doctor methods. Reading Doctor branch owners work with local schools and within their home offering one to one tuition for struggling readers. We take care of all the ‘business’ aspects such as building your website, setting up your social media accounts and producing your graphic design and promotional materials. We even have a virtual HQ with a group of experienced branch owners who are always willing to support and advise new Reading Doctors. CPD is incorporated into this network with regular meetups.
Essential and Preferred Conditions, Qualifications, Competencies for a Reading Doctor:
All Reading Doctors are loyal to The Reading Doctor Ltd brand and value being part of a supportive group of other professional Reading Doctors. Reading Doctors endeavour to contribute to the ongoing development of the company and work hard to deliver the highest quality service. Reading Doctors share best practice, join our mission and encourage our values.
- Degree educated
- Current or ex Teacher, SEN preferred
- Head of department etc
- Have a property with room for a classroom
- DBS checked
We do have an application process and all new branch owners are subject to our safer recruitment checks to ensure the safety and well-being of the children you will be interacting with.
The Reading Doctor Package
The Reading Doctor franchise offers a low investment opportunity to run your own business. An exclusive UK territories cost just £5000 set up fee with £400 a month maintenance fee. We do not take a percentage of your turnover. Your start-up fee gets you a huge package including:
- Your own exclusive area
- Over £2000 worth of resources
- A page on our SEO optimised website
- Your own @readingdoctors.com email address
- 500 leaflets, 500 business cards, 250 schools brochures and the designs to reprint these
- Resources for 20 pupils including book bags, books and a vast range of other resources
- Use of our promotional videos, high-resolution images, logos, printable items and more.
- Social media accounts set up and initial posts and advertising to increase followers
- Help and support responding to initial emails and bookings
- Full 1:1 training either online or in person
- Membership of The Tutors Association
Your monthly maintenance fee covers:
- Ongoing help and support at every step of your business journey
- Continued access to physical and online resources and access to the members’ area of The Reading Doctor Website
- Access to our branch owners’ Workplace group
- Ongoing premium online marketing tools
You may not feel comfortable initially with the thought of going into schools as ‘the expert’. However, The Reading Doctor methods are proven and recognised by Ofsted as making a significant impact on raising attainment in reading.
The Reading Doctor has a successful business model already operating in several schools in Kent. This model is ready to be replicated in schools across the country. In a recent OFSTED inspection, it was recognised by the inspection team, that there is a need for The Reading Doctor in every school.
As a Reading Doctor, you have a role to play in reaching out to struggling pupils on a wider scale. The current consultancy fee for The Reading Doctor for Schools Services is £45 per hour or £300 per day.
Typical services you would offer could include, identifying and providing tuition for struggling readers, analysing school data and offering teacher training to improve whole school reading practices, writing school reading policies or general teacher training. The Reading Doctor provides support and materials for working in schools and will support you with every step of this journey in your professional development.
You can read about the Reading Doctor for Schools programme and how it works at St Anthony’s school here: St Anthony’s school
See our School Hub set up here: School Hub
What are the next steps?
If you are interested, take a look at www.thereadingdoctors.com for more information. You can also email email@example.com or call 07796676998. We ensure that all your questions have been answered before you make the decision to apply to be a franchisee.
Once your application and references have been approved, we set a date in the future to be your ‘launch date’ and create an action timeline. We will set up your website, email address and social media accounts and send you promotional materials so that you can start getting work booked in for after your launch date. During this time, you don’t pay any monthly fees so you can take things at your own pace.
After your training and launch, you will be supported fully to start tutoring and working in schools when you are ready.
The Franchisee Programme: YouTube Clip
Listen to an interview with Debroah Salsbury: Podcast
¨The experience of setting up the franchise has far exceeded my expectations. The support from the founder has been exceptional. The Reading Doctor Handbook details both the business fundamentals and essential information needed to deliver bespoke Reading Doctor sessions for your pupils, supported by high-quality resources. Although this is a business opportunity, The Reading Doctor is implicit in their search for individuals with the right ethos and passion for helping children overcome difficulties and develop as confident readers.¨
Katy Diamond-Jalloh, The Reading Doctor Whitstable
¨The Reading Doctor gives you everything you could wish for from a small franchise and much more. The business set up is extremely professional and arrives with everything you could possibly need and lots you didn’t know you needed! Resources are of exceptional quality and tailor-made, ensuring success at every turn. So many children struggle to learn to read and I feel very lucky to have found within The Reading Doctor Ltd others who share the same ethos, passion and commitment to change lives.¨
Cath Tolfrey, The Reading Doctor Bromley
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