We invested in Accelerated Reader licences for al KS3 students. Staff were trained in the Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) approach and encouraged to share best practice and support each other as necessary. We launched in June 2019, on a lesson carousel basis with students having a ten-minute slot at the start of the lesson to read their books, staff were also encouraged to read during this time. We created displays where staff could recommend their favourite books to students. Additionally, several members of staff regularly visited the Learning Resource Centre to ask for recommendations on what to read.
The Learning Resource Manager took the lead on delivering the library lessons to ensure consistency; regular reading homework was set and the expectation was that students were quizzed on at least two books a fortnight.
All students in KS3 were tested using the STAR Reading Test. Assistant Principal, Andy Smith complied data showing the percentage of students whose reading age was in line with their chronological reading age; this was further been broken down into the different vulnerable groups.
We trialled the Reading pen for a month with a variety of different students with various needs and based on the feedback, we purchased a set of ten pens to support students within lessons.