Headteacher, Sharon Robertson, explains how they successfully implemented the program.
“Before we trialled Reading Plus, we found that our pupils were not reading at the appropriate speed and were unable to fully access age-appropriate texts. Furthermore, our pupils were not engaging with texts and consequently had little passion and motivation for reading. Due to limited school budgets, we needed a cost-effective method that would improve our pupils’ reading stamina and get our pupils enthusiastic about reading.
I attended a ‘Show and Tell’ event at Askwith Primary School at the end of the summer term in 2017 where I had the opportunity to see Reading Plus in action. We then trialled Reading Plus with our Year 6 cohort and four weeks later we introduced our Year 5 pupils to the program. We later rolled out the software school-wide.
With consistent usage, fostered through a strong implementation plan, we found our pupils’ reading fluency, stamina and comprehension improved significantly. This was heavily reflected within our SATs results, but we also saw huge improvements in our pupils’ engagement with reading.
Out of a cohort of 26 pupils, we achieved an 88% pass rate. This was an increase of 15% from 2017. 36% of the pupils achieved Greater Depth. An increase of 20%.
We could see a strong correlation between their Reading Plus Level at the end of the year and their SATs result. The pupils who had used the program more proficiently had shown exceptional gains through strong use of the program. Pupils who used the program consistently were able to progress to the higher levels and read the more complex texts. This is reflected in the graph below when we compare it to scaled scores.”
“We found many features of Reading Plus insightful. The initial summative assessment provides clear and meaningful baseline information within one hour. The formative reports allow us to easily identify who is making strong progress and are just as effective in helping target children who are struggling within particular domains of reading. The Groups function allows us to identify struggling readers for a targeted intervention.
The pupils enjoy the competitive element of the program using the Leaderboard certificate (created using the Leaderboard Report ). This is presented in class each week, as it shows who is the best performer in a range of different categories, rather than just highlighting the strongest reader. Further summative benchmark assessments provide insightful data which we can share with the pupils so they can visually see the progress they have made on a term-by-term basis.
We also greatly value the support that we receive from our UK Account Manager. They are always here to help us and endeavour to tailor Reading Plus to our individual needs, thus ensuring we are using the program to our advantage. The regular reports that we receive are in-depth, insightful and are resourceful, to show the progress our pupils are making at staff meetings.”
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The greatest success for us from Reading Plus has been the increased motivation from our otherwise reluctant readers; they’re now desperate to earn Combos and Level Up. The program alone is excellent, but the support from the team at Reading Solutions UK has been incredible and has had a positive impact on reading progress for our pupils.
Ricky Lee, Year 6 Teacher and Inclusion Lead
Linthorpe Community Primary School
Since taking on Reading Plus, it has been clear that the children’s fluency, reading speed, word knowledge and comprehension has significantly improved. This has most certainly aided us in achieving record SATS data in reading.
Chris Gould, Year 6 Teacher and Literacy Lead
Bruche Primary School
Our children have made good progress and this has resulted in 82% of children meeting the Expected Standard in Reading and 22% of children achieving Greater Depth!
Tracy Johnson, Deputy Headteacher
Forest View Primary School
Reading Plus has transformed our culture of reading at our school. It provides an exciting, engaging platform for children to improve, but ultimately enjoy. Before we began using this program, it was an uphill task to get our children to read, but now, thanks to Reading Plus, they love reading!
Michael Suthers, English Lead
Pallister Park Primary School
What a positive impact Reading Plus has had on our results! Out of our lower-ability Year 6 cohort, 66% achieved the Expected Standard, with 22% achieving Greater Depth. We are thrilled with this as all have made great progress and many have achieved ‘unimaginable targets’!
Danielle Brett, Head of Year 6
Ponteland Middle School
Reading Plus has been instrumental in raising the profile of reading further amongst our year 6 children. Most importantly, I feel Reading Plus has given our children greater confidence in accessing more challenging texts which have further encouraged a love of reading.
Emma Wake, Year 6 Teacher
Christ Church Primary School
Over my teaching career, I have never worked with such an effective, enjoyable and accessible intervention programme. The support from the staff at Reading Solutions UK, especially Jonny and Amanda, has been second to none. We look forward to continuing our partnership in years to come and to see many more of our children develop and sustain a life long love for reading.
Miss J. Parkin, Head of KS2
Dunston Hill Primary School
Year 6 have loved Reading Plus and I strongly believe that it has fully prepared them with the stamina to get through their SATs Reading Paper.
Sinead Walsh, Deputy Headteacher
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
In 2018, 92% of our children achieved the expected Standard compared to 46% in 2016. We are delighted with the support and guidance we receive on a regular basis from a locally based, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team. Thank you Reading Plus!
Anna Young, Headteacher
Wessington Primary School
Reading Plus has had a huge impact on fluency and stamina. Children are actually finishing the texts and our results are through the roof!
Sue Richardson, Headteacher
Preston Primary School