Reading Speed




Reading Plus®

A web-based program designed to bridge the gap between functional literacy skills and reading for meaning. 

Research suggests that students reading more efficiently (i.e. at a speed commensurate with chronological age) are more confident and motivated: the more confident and motivated a student is, the more capable they are at understanding text (reading with metacognition).

Reading Plus® is unique in that it is the only IT- based program that explicitly teaches silent reading fluency to develop comprehension and vocabulary.

Ludworth Primary School Reading Plus® results:

  • Used with Year 6 cohort (91 students including SEN) for 12 weeks
  • 83% of students made gains of more than twice the expected rate in relation to the time spent on Reading Plus (i.e. 6 or more months progress in 3 months)
  • Students who completed over an hour a week made on average over 3 years gain increase in the readability of texts
  • 100% of students achieved Level 5 on KS2 SATS (2015)

Appropriate for primary and secondary students from Y4 upwards.  Reading Plus will evidence impact for Pupil Premium, support reluctant readers, below level, EAL, SEN, and Gifted and Talented.

How it works

Reading Plus® starts with a baseline assessment to place the students on the most appropriate start point on the program.

Students on Reading Plus® then engage with increasingly complex text from an extensive online library of short stories (SeeReader).  These stories have a readability from Y2 to beyond GCSE and are rigorously tested on the discrete reading skills of Close Reading, Main Idea and Themes, Interaction of Ideas, Use of Language, Structure, Point of View, Imaging, Reasoning and Rhetoric, and Comparative Reading.

ReadAround develops automaticity and word knowledge from a wide bank of technical vocabulary.

iBalance supports weaker students in the development of visual skills such as left to right scanning through flash and scan activities.


The Reading Plus® InSight assessment provides a benchmark of students’ comprehension based silent reading rates (words per minute), and vocabulary level.

InSight allows you to retest your students at key points throughout the year providing detailed, easy to understand reports that show progression and evidence impact.

InSight also acts as a program placement with every student assigned a personalised learning path based on ability.


On SeeReader students choose from a wide selection of texts set at their readability level. To promote engagement, students can scroll through all selections or use one of eight interest filters to sort selections into interest categories such as sport, science and our earth. Locked selections offer students an incentive to work toward the next level and encourage an intrinsic motivation for reading.

Through SeeReader text students learn to make connections, formulate opinions, and develop the ability to express and support those opinions with evidence and knowledge.

Game methodology provides incentive for even the most reluctant readers, while mastery goals provide all students with greater degrees of choice and control over their learning experiences.

Texts are segmented to scaffold stamina and attention demands. Text segment lengths are increased gradually as a student demonstrates increased stamina, rate, and comprehension capacity. Engagement Builders appear between text segments to encourage an active and engaged reading experience.

vocabVocabulary and contextual analysis activities are built around the 2,400 Words to Master, a research-based list of foundational academic vocabulary. These words are members of rich morphological families, so learning them provides students with a basis to recognise and understand 10,000 highly frequent, academic words within texts across curriculum domains.

image001iBalance (visual skills development) trains a student’s eyes to read more efficiently and accurately. Flash and Scan activities help with left to right scanning and learning to easily identify and remember groups of letters that appear often in stories and articles (automaticity).

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