Excerpts from a just a few of the hundreds of letters of praise sent from schools,
private tutors and psychologists:
“I just wanted to let you know that we are still having
great success with the program here. We
have 23 students on the program at the
moment. I recently had 3 students
complete the program and their reading
results were amazing. One girl, who is
in grade 4, was reading at 8 years and 4
months last year. I tested her reading
when she completed the program 2 weeks
ago, and she is reading at 14 years
old! Similarly the two other girls had
phenomenal results. One was in grade 5
and the other in grade 6. Their reading
had improved by at least 3.5 years
each! With results like this, I have no
problems in convincing my principal that
this is a worthwhile program. …. I
cannot tell you how pleased we are with
the results we are getting here from
Toe By Toe. These results are
becoming known at other schools and they
all "want in on the action!"
Congratulations to Keda again for a wonderful program, and
never fear, I will continue to spread the word over here
in Melbourne. I have had schools from far and wide
contact me and it is wonderful to know that so many
children are being helped by your amazing program”
Sue A – Toe by Toe Co-ordinator, Melbourne – June 2013
am a teacher of children with complex
learning difficulties and additional
support needs. One of my pupils has
finished Toe by Toe and is very proud of
his achievement and said he wants his
book framed with the caption ‘This is
how I learned to read…’ “
B.S. – Scottish teacher - May 2013
"I have worked with a student over
the past two years on your fantastic
reading scheme. Both his teachers and
parents note a marked difference in
his performance and confidence which we
think can be attributed to Toe
Toe. I wondered if it was
possible to provide this student with a
certificate for completing this task as
I would consider this as a massive
Ruth S. - Learning Support teacher,
Scotland - Mar 2013
“About two years ago I had the pleasure
of hearing you speak. You gave us some
wristbands to give to the children we
work with. I work one to one in a
primary school helping children work
their way through
Toe by Toe
and unfortunately I
gave my last one out today. (Fortunately
it means another child has just finished
Toe by Toe and can read words
like philatelist!) Is it possible to
get some more wristbands…?”
at a primary school in East Anglia – Feb
I am not sure whether you are still doing the certificates for Toe
by Toe but I have a child in my class who is about to complete it.
His name is Bradley and he has done superbly well”
Primary School, Cambs. U.K. - Nov 2012
a PGCE teacher with a certificate in SpLD, and I have found Toe by Toe
invaluable. I have worked as a withdrawal teacher in schools, and since
being semi-retired from home. It gives me so much pleasure to see the
progress that children make with Toe by Toe. Many thanks for
produced such a useful tool that can be shared with parents”
Private Tutor, Devon - July 2012
“I cannot tell you how wonderful I believe this program to be. We have had huge
success with it at our school and would love to spread the word about it so that
other students may benefit.”
A., Toe by Toe Co-ordinator at a primary school in Melbourne, Australia –
“I have just
finished Toe by Toe and it was awesome!!!! It helped me a lot. At the
moment I am reading Wolven by Di Toft. It is about a werewolf and is
very freaky so far. When I am older I would like to be a computer programmer.
Thank you for writing this book and helping me to read better and more
Ethan B. – aged
10 - U.K. primary school student
"Your resources continue to
make an amazing difference to students working on them. For the last few
years I have also had sixth form students, who themselves have completed Toe
by Toe, coming once a week to help with the current batch of Toe by Toe
readers. This has proved to be very powerful when we tell a struggling
Year 7 student that their coach did Toe by Toe in Year 7 and is now able
to come back to help them."
Sue Bird, Toot Hill School, Nottingham - May
Just to let you
know that we have had 100% success with your ingenious and foolproof literacy
programme. Every child has succeeded in raising
- their literacy levels,
- their ability to cope with the
reading demands of every subject across the curriculum
- and most importantly their self
esteem self belief and confidence
all pupils who went through the programme
succeeded in gaining 5+ GCSE grades and no doubt some will go on to A Level and
We have just ordered 10 more copies of the
book in the full knowledge that the 10 pupils who use this programme will have
similar success. Our dedicated Learning Support Assistants fully believe in the
success of this programme and they attribute much of their work satisfaction to
the success of the programme.
Thanks Keda - your book is a God-send"
Brenda Banks, SENCO - St Mary's College, N Ireland - Oct 2010
“When I came to retire, 175 children
had completed their Toe by Toe manuals. Hundreds more have had input (20
on at the moment) and some took their books on to Army College and F.E. Colleges
– totally amazing.”
Bryn Clarkson, Eston Park School, Middlesborough – Aug 2010
Dear Mrs Cowling,
I am writing to
you because you have helped me understand the beautiful world of reading.
I have made lots
of amazing progress since you made this program. I’m so happy because I was not
sure if this was going to work because I have tried lots of things. You are
like a hero to me because this seems very hard for me to get this far. I am
just a bit annoyed that I didn’t find this out a while ago. I hope this program
stays around for a very long time. I think it’s very important - that reading
should be done all over the U.K, Once again thanks a lot. For your program it’s
helped, me and other people. It will always be in my heart.
Charlie Riley, Grove Hill F.E. Centre,
Ventnor, Isle of Wight – March 2010
"...So often people think that because children have global learning
difficulties they will never be able to learn to read properly. Toe
by Toe and the hard work and dedication of the staff in the school are
consistently proving them wrong. we have 14 young people working
on Toe by Toe this session and all of them are making good progress."
From: Elaine McIlree, Kilpatrick School, Clydebank,
"I am continually impressed with the program. Recent testing
is showing substantial gains. Reluctant readers really enjoy using
Ann Hamer, Resource Teacher, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
"I have used the book, and observed others using it, with phenomenal
success. It is extraordinarily simple yet effective"
From: Imelda Isaia (Teacher) Wimbledon SW20 0RG
"Toe by Toe has been highly effective even with our most
severely dyslexic pupils. It has been a Godsend to us!"
From: Suzanne Jakeman (Head of 'Dyslexia Base')
Roundhay School, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Neil Clephan B.A., M.A., Ad. Dip. Ed. Man.
"Thank you so much for the years of hard work you must
have put in to create this excellent programme. I hope you are heartened
by the difference that your work has made to so many people
From: Linda Bacon (SENCO) Kingsdown School, Swindon, Wiltshire.
Headteacher: D.B. WilliamsB.A., M.A. (Ed).
"...significant gains in confidence as readers. They
will now attempt self-correction and have a good go at tackling unknown
words. I think Toe By Toe is an excellent programme that helps children
unlock the mysteries of sound-symbol correspondence and syllabification."
From: Shelagh Graham, Educational Psychologist,
Wiltshire SP1 3SL
compelled to write to tell you how much I enjoy using Toe by Toe with
my dyslexic pupils... I have one 'star' pupil who is 10yrs 9 months old now
and started on TBT in Oct '97 with a reading age of 8.0. With
my encouragement and tremendous parental support he has made amazing
progress. (and had fun on the way...). He now has a reading age of
11.2. His teachers have noticed this improvement and are very pleased
with his achievement. My other pupils have also made very good
progress and have increased their R.A.s by 2 years in less than 5 months.
"Three cheers for TBT!!"
Hinds - private tutor, Billericay, Essex - March 1998
Dear Mrs Cowling,
Many thanks for sending a copy of Toe by Toe
so promptly. It looks ideal for my purpose and I shudder to think of those
countless pupils whose reading has suffered by a lack of access to this
Shrewsbury - Jul 1997
"Toe By Toe is quite simply the best
thing I've seen. It is designed so carefully and the instructions
are so precise that it can be used by any teacher who is new to it, a classroom
assistant or a parent..."
Dr. Jean Alston, Chartered Educational Psychologist
and Special Needs Consultant, Cheshire SK10 4RU
"...used exclusively at Costessey High, Toe
by Toe has proved to be an invaluable tool for progressing the reading
ability of our lower attainers. It is ideal for dyslexic pupils giving
them a structured pathway....Having worked in an international school,
I can also say that this is the book that I would take on the plane"
Brian Coltman (SENCO), Costessey High School, Norwich.
"They are more confident at tackling words that they do not
know because Toe By Toe has given them strategies which they, unlike other
children, had failed to develop. They are now enjoying their reading
but the impact on the children's lives goes beyond the improvement in their
ability. They have become more confident generally and their other school
work has also shown improvement..."From: Pauline Kirby (SENCO),
Silverdale County Primary School, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs.Headteacher:
Mr D R Beech BA (Hon), MSc
"My personal experience of Toe By Toe is that children
make unimaginable progress. I personally have brought a pupil from
total illiteracy to a very confident reader using the scheme..."
From: Francis Casey (Headteacher), St Philip
Howard R. C. High School, Barnham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex
"Thank you for the wonderful scheme. The children
love it because they can measure their own progress. This builds
up their confidence and changes their outlook..."
Fran Chapman (Head),
St. Richard's Prim. Sch., Chichester, West Sussex.
"My pupils have been working with Toe by Toe for two years
now and they have stated that they can now read. WOW! What a success!"
From: Jill MacDougall (Learning Support Service),
N. Ayrshire KA21 5AS