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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It is a really good resource and we have found that the after care service from the company is second to none in helping schools get it set up and interpreting what is happening with the children.
Beverley McCallion, Headteacher
Bede Community Primary School
Due to the increase in reading data this year, our combined scores have increased by 20%. Well worth the investment!
Claire Park, Headteacher
The Village Primary
I have been amazed at the impact Reading Plus has had on our SATs outcomes this year, our percentages of children attaining at the higher standard national standard have almost doubled
Caroline Taylor, Headteacher
Barley Fields Primary School
What is most encouraging is that pupils are now transferring the skills used in Reading Plus and approaching examination style texts with more confidence and determination
Sue Davies, Senior Teacher
Year 6 have loved Reading Plus and I strongly believe that it has fully prepared them with the stamina to get through their reading SAT. Previous to this year our children have really struggled with their stamina
Sinead Walsh, Deputy Headteacher
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
Reading Plus has given our children a hunger for reading success and they show immense pride when receiving their level up certificates in whole school assemblies
Nerys Thornton, Deputy Head Teacher
Thorntree Primary School
We have found that regular use of this program has significantly improved the reading levels of all our children. The Reading Plus team are extremely helpful and have been able to efficiently help us with any issues.
Martin Stamper, Teacher
Ludworth Primary School
The excellent structure of the programme means we can track their progress thoroughly, making minor adjustments as necessary in order to gain the most benefit. I cannot think of any other intervention which has been so popular that I have pupils asking can they take part.
Sam Fuller , Deputy Headteacher
Ringwood Junior School
Our children breezed through the (2017/18) Reading SAT paper which we attribute largely to the use of Reading Plus.
Anna Young, Headteacher
Wessington Primary School
From a measurement point of view, the Year 6 SATs results showed an increase of 25% achieving ARE! The Year 5s are a cohort with many special needs and the range of activities suits them as individuals.
Jane Buttifant, Assistant Headteacher
Endsleigh Holy Child Voluntary Catholic Academy