The National Literacy Strategy emphasizes that children with special educational needs should work, wherever possible, with their peers within the Literacy Hour. The aim is to use structured, intensive teaching to enable as many children as possible eventually to work at the appropriate level for their age. The "Take-Off!" series is a range of non-fiction resources for older reluctant readers. The series is designed to be used with pupils of about 9 years old and above who are struggling to achieve the levels of literacy expected for their age. "Take-Off!" titles enable reluctant readers to encounter the same non-fiction text types, genres and skills as other pupils, but at a level appropriate to their reading ability. Input from SENCOs, literacy consultants and librarians ensure that "Take-Off!" meets SEN, NLS and National Curriculum requirements.
Chris Oxlade, is an experienced writer of information books for children. He specializes in science and technology, and has written more than sixty titles, on subjects ranging from kites to virtual reality as well as books on various forms of transport.