The 2016 KS2 SAT Reading paper saw a significant increase in, not only the quantity of words pupils had to read, but also the complexity of the sentence structures and vocabulary. Feedback from schools would suggest that there were a number of pupils who consistently failed to complete all three texts on this and subsequent papers.
Data was drawn from 672 pupils across 10 schools located in the North of England (spanning eight Local Authorities). All 10 schools reported that their SATs Reading results were either below, or significantly below, the national average in 2017. 9 out of the 10 schools are above the national average for Pupil Premium, with an average of 10% EAL pupils.
All 10 schools in the study purchased Reading Plus at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year, following concerns about their 2017 SATs reading results, specifically their pupil’s fluency, and stamina.
Reading Plus is a web-based program that builds upon the foundational skills of phonemic awareness and phonics to develop reading with metacognition – reading for meaning. Aimed at pupils in KS2 and above, Reading Plus combines a wide variety of age-appropriate texts with rigorous questioning designed to challenge a pupil’s deeper understanding of texts. Using a unique Guided Window system, Reading Plus accelerates silent reading speed and increases pupils’ stamina. This, together with vocabulary exercises, develops a strong foundation for reading fluency and comprehension.
Reading Plus was used for an average of 30 hours (3x 30 minutes per week) by the schools in the study over the course of the academic year.
The results of the study show the number of questions the 2017 cohort (pupils who did not use Reading Plus) attempted in their SATs Reading Paper, compared to the 2018 cohort (pupils who did use Reading Plus).
On average, the results from the schools involved in the study show a 10% increase in the number of correct answers (71.55% in 2018 compared with 61.71% in 2017). This compares favourably with a national average gain of 2.9%.
Considering the final text only, the results from the schools involved in the study show a 17.5% increase in the number of correct answers. This compares with a national average gain of 7.7%.
In summary; this study would suggest that schools using Reading Plus, alongside good teaching first, helps develop fluency and stamina. This has resulted in pupils being able to read the KS2 SATs Reading paper quicker and with greater understanding. Crucially, by reading the text more efficiently, this has allowed more thinking time to be dedicated to writing higher quality answers.
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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
A fantastic resource to motivate, enthuse, and develop reading skills!
Christine Kellett, Leader of Literacy
Westoe Crown Primary School
We are currently in our first year of using Reading Plus and the children are eager to use it at school and home.
Susan Jones, Reading Lead
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
Our children are motivated more so than ever to improve their total words read and Combos achieved which, in turn, increases reading comprehension and fluency.
Rebecca Blakey, Assistant Headteacher
New York Primary School