Accelerated Reading goes from strength to strength

Accelerated Reading goes from strength to strength

Students at the Wey Valley School continue to see rapid progress with their reading and literacy learning following the introduction of the Accelerated Reading programme in September 2014. The reading programme which was funded by the Foyle Foundation and the ASPECT Trust provides additional literacy resources to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 at Wey Valley as well as younger pupils at neighbouring St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School and Radipole Primary School.

Eileen Glynn, Learning Resource Manager at Wey Valley said, ‘ every student in years 7, 8 and 9 have dedicated reading time every school day with the opportunity to test their knowledge and understanding of their books on line which in turn confirms their reading progress. The school carries out periodic baseline tests across the year so that we can see if students accelerate their reading age and to provide additional support and intervention to those students who don’t’.

Ms Glynn added , ‘ students continue to enjoy the programme, with the Learning Resource Centre a hive of activity at break time, lunchtime and after school – we have seen some amazing results already!’

The Wey Valley School’s Learning Resource Centre has seen its library of books almost double in the last 18 months. During this academic year, students have read over 54 million words with over 1,700 books read. More importantly, 89% of students have seen an improvement in their reading age since 2014. The school also has 20 word millionaires and 103 students have reached their targets early in the autumn term.

Charlie Gledhill in Year 7 said, ‘I think Accelerated Reader is good because it encourages students to read. I like it because it tests your understanding of what you have read’. Eden Wrightson, also in Year 7 added, ‘I would recommend Accelerated Reading because it encourages reading as well as recommending the right books for your level. I personally enjoy using the software online as it shows you how well you are doing’.
Ashleigh Hendy in Year 9 said, ‘I like Accelerated Reading, I have better vocabulary than I did before" and Lewis Fisher, also in Year 9 added, ‘Accelerated Reading is good because it makes me read more and understand the text. It has helped me understand more in my English lessons"

Sara Adams, Acting Principal added, ‘ we are seeing an increasing number of students reading their books in their own time either at home or during school social time. The focus for this year is to improve student reading ages above their chronological age - this will serve students well when they reach their GCSE studies and also exams in Year 11’.