English Lead, Jacqui Peck, emphasises the importance of passionate teaching and structured timetabling, which has led to her pupils becoming more efficient readers that are confident in completing assessments and passionate about reading. Jacqui explains:
“After the initial assessment, we timetable 3 x 30-minute sessions into our school week. The initial baseline assessment data identifies pupils who require more targeted intervention, meaning we can assign extra time to these pupils during the school day.
Our pupils complete one Reading Plus session at the beginning of the day, leaving the final thirty minutes for reading. We find that during the final thirty minutes, our pupils are enthusiastic to discuss the Reading Plus texts they have read and how much they have enjoyed it. We are finding that as they read more texts over the weeks, they can access content relating to other subjects in the curriculum, creating more meaningful, class-led discussions.
As well as completing lessons in schools, we also assign three reading lessons to complete as homework on a weekly basis. For those pupils who don’t have access to Reading Plus at home, we open up a classroom during lunchtime in order for pupils to complete their assigned reading lessons.”
“We use the Reading Plus Leaderboard Report as a method of daily praise and motivation. This report ranks the pupils in each class in different categories such as words read and most Combos achieved. We display a daily Leaderboard report in the classroom and a weekly report every Friday. The ability to toggle the pupils’ rankings means that teachers can choose what area of reading they want to push our pupils on that day (i.e. comprehension scores, Combos, lessons completed). Because the report changes on a daily basis, our children are always curious to see who will be at the top that day!
The response to the Leaderboard Report has been overwhelmingly positive, especially since the pupils who may not have been ranking high in one area, are at the top in other areas. Often these pupils are part of intervention groups, so it has given them a great boost! We can also identify pupils who may need extra support, which feeds into our lesson plans for the day.
I also use the messaging function on Reading Plus to send messages to any pupils that need some help or reminders (i.e. to use their ReReads). It allows for more efficient monitoring of our class and opens up a discussion between us, as the teacher, and the pupil about their reading progress and areas for improvement.”
“We find that Skills Summary Report gives us an in-depth look at the data for targeted group intervention. We can quickly identify groups of 2-3 pupils that are struggling with the same domains of reading and print off the relevant Offline Worksheets. We find the Reading Plus worksheets very teacher-friendly and I am confident for my Teaching Assistant to lead the intervention groups as they work through the sheets. The pupils then put the completed worksheets in their exercise books as evidence for their intervention work, and it also saves us time so we can work with other pupils.”
“Not only do we take advantage of the Leaderboard Report as a motivational tool, but I also ensure that the children are praised for their achievements on Reading Plus, which is something that I involve the school in. During the weekly assemblies, we present the pupils with their Level Awards and other certificates provided by our Reading Solutions UK Account Manager in the reports they send. Our enthusiasm about these awards feeds through to the children and this reflects in their engagement and enjoyment of Reading Plus.”
The pupils also completed a short questionnaire on how they feel about using Reading Plus. The results below show that:
This case study has shown how effective implementation of Reading Plus can lead to more efficient and engaged readers. Taking advantage of the teacher-friendly resources and tailoring the reports for your classes needs, leads to more targeted intervention and saves teacher-time. Ultimately, it shows that teachers who are enthusiastic about Reading Plus leads to pupils who enjoy reading and become confident readers.
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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