Supporting students in Northern Ireland

Schools in Northern Ireland have access to our literacy support software, Read&Write through the C2K network. To help students across the country read, write and study with ease and confidence. The toolbar is easily accessible across any device, whether in class or learning at home.

If you want to hear text on this page read out loud, or to translate to an alternative language, use the orange SPEAK icon in the top right corner of your screen.

For every student, in every class

A year long study identified that 66% of Read&Write users saw an improvement in reading age, compared to non Read&Write users (27%)

Read&Write is a literacy support toolbar, proven to improve students’ reading and writing, using features including text-to-speech, picture dictionaries and word prediction. Whilst our tools are essential for students with additional learning needs, English language learners, or pupils in a low attainment group, every student can benefit from using Read&Write to build their confidence, understanding and engagement in learning.

How to get Read&Write

Teachers and students can get started by installing Read&Write on your device by following our step by step guides below. You will need your C2K email address (for example and password to sign in. If you have a address, all you need to do is make a slight change to instead. Get in touch with the school if you don’t know the child’s C2K email account information.

Education Authority staff can also get set up with Read&Write using their email address.

In school

For Google Chrome

Coming soon to 'My Apps'

For exam use

At home

For Microsoft Windows

For Google Chrome

For iPad

For Mac

For Android

Having trouble getting set up?

Our team can help.

"Read&Write has been very helpful in assisting pupils to approach tasks more independently by aiding their understanding and building their confidence with reading. Using the software as a computer reader in exams has also helped to support the planning and implementation of access arrangements for pupils who are entitled to a reader for examinations.

Useful Resources

Quick Reference Guides

Read&Write for Windows

Read&Write for Google Chrome (in G Suite)

Read&Write for Google Chrome (in Office 365)

Read&Write for Mac

Read&Write for iPad

Read&Write for Android

Feature Videos

Read&Write for Windows

Read&Write for Google Chrome

Read&Write for Mac

A how to guide for students

Texthelp PDF Reader

Get to know the toolbar

Get to know all the helpful features within Read&Write by taking a quick toolbar tour.

Visit the student room

Spend a lesson or two in our virtual student room.

With lots of short videos to help you quickly & easily get to grips with Read&Write!

Using Read&Write in Seesaw

You can use the Read&Write for Google Chrome toolbar in Seesaw to read and understand posts and activities from your teacher. As well as using the features you know and love to complete worksheets. Including getting extra vocabulary and writing support from the dictionaries, Talk&Type and word prediction.

Are you a teacher?

We have lots of ways that you can spread the word about Read&Write at your school!

Check out these additional resources to help students, parents and your fellow teachers get to grips with the ways that Read&Write can improve reading and writing for all types of learners.

Language Learning Support

Are you learning in a new language or even learning a modern foreign language such as French or Spanish? Read&Write can help.

Modern Foreign Languages

Spanish is the language most frequently taught in Northern Ireland's schools, followed by French. Read&Write for Google Chrome can build and develop vocabulary and written/oral fluency in modern languages through text to speech, translation and dictionaries that can help support every aspect of MFL study.

Switching languages in Read&Write

Whether you’re being taught in a language that isn’t your first language or you need support for your language lessons, the Read&Write toolbar can help. Read&Write can be used with language localisation in a few languages (with more to come!) where you can change the dialogue to be set up in another language.

Supporting Irish-medium students

For Irish-medium students and Irish Language Learners, Read&Write now fully supports text-to-speech in Irish. This means students can use Select to Speak (Play), Click to speak, Hover Speak and Audio Maker to listen to any Irish text read aloud. Find out how to access the Irish voice within Read&Write for Google Chrome.

Without doubt, the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the language. With Read&Write, learners will be able to listen to the language and a pace that they choose in their own home.

Supporting SEN students

The features in the Read&Write toolbar give extra help to students with additional learning needs.

Check out this guide that explains how different tools can be helpful for students with reading & writing difficulties, visual impairments, motion and dexterity issues and more. To help them reach their full potential, whether they're in class, at home or in an exam.

Use in exams

Read&Write can be used as a computer reader in exams, allowing those with appropriate access arrangements to sit their exams independently without the need for a human reader. As computer readers are a JCQ approved acceptable arrangement, students can use Read&Write in exam mode to hear exam content read aloud, ensuring only approved features are used. Making it ideal for the GCSE English Language paper where a human reader is not permitted.

Read&Write in exams is also ideal for boosting students’ confidence and reduces the time and cost for schools when prepping for exams. It can easily be installed on any device your school plans to use for exams, even if these are standalone devices, not managed by the C2K network.

Contact our team to learn more about using Read&Write in exams including how to get your devices set up.

Here to help

Our team are on hand to help you every step of the way with getting to grips with Read&Write. We can schedule online webinars, phone calls or even an onsite visit, simply get in touch.