SEN Success Stories
To be among the top five schools in the country is incredible, and my vision now is to become a beacon to schools in other areas of high deprivation…
Ward Jackson CE Primary School, Hartlepool
Like many schools located in areas with high levels of social deprivation, Ward Jackson CE Primary School in Hartlepool has long been regarded as something of a 'problem child' - facing mutiple challenges with staff turnover, poor pupil performance, high levels of mobility and a 'requires improvement' rating from Ofsted. However, unlike many schools of this type, however, 100% of Year 6 pupils at Ward Jackson achieved expected outcomes in their most recent SATs results and is now ranked among the top five schools in the country for progress in reading...
by Nadia Ward and Debbie Kennedy, Wilmington Academy, Dartford
Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective secondary academy and part of the Leigh Academies Trust, with a much higher ratio of boys to girls (65% vs. 35%). Nadia Ward (Assistant Principal & Director of Literacy) and Debbie Kennedy (Academy Librarian) share their story on how they raised literacy levels in their school.
by Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher
Manor Leas Junior Academy is a large Junior (KS2 only) school in Lincoln, aiming to provide pupils with an innovative curriculum to engage them in their learning. They recently became a Master School - an award celebrating best-practices in reading engagement. Chelsea Sandbrook, Assistant Head Teacher at the school, shares her experience of tracking and monitoring pupil progress over the years.
East Ravendale CE Primary School, Grimsby, South Humberside
Last year, East Ravendale needed to bring on a new reading approach. With the help of Accelerated Reader, the school brought about rapid reading progress.
Thorp Academy, Tyne and Wear
Accelerated Reader has improved engagement with reading and given staff the means they need to intervene and support those who are struggling. A positive reading culture has developed, and students are becoming increasingly independent with their reading.
King James's School, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Librarian Lisa Bryden had used Accelerated Reader at a previous school and knew that she wanted to implement the programme at her new school. Her past experience with AR has been repeated, with books flying off the shelves of the library and students gaining in confidence.
Kingsnorth Church of England Primary School, Kent
Reading has been put at the heart of Kingsnorth after an incoming head teacher brought his past experiences with Accelerated Reader to his new school. Students are now reading appropriate books, are enjoying reading, and are recognising their own progress.
Wennington Hall School, Lancashire
Accelerated Reader has been part of school like at Wennington Hall for a decade. A residential and day school for students with special educational needs, Wennington Hall has a strong reading culture and commitment to improving the literacy attainment of every student.