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Ofsted: “Leaders make it a priority to help pupils become fluent and confident readers.” At Hughenden Primary School

Hughenden Primary School, High Wycombe, England

Hughenden Primary School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2020 to support the school’s reading development strategy:

In May 2022, the school discovered the excellent news that they had received a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report where the inspector made specific observations on the school’s recent reading success:

“Leaders make it a priority to help pupils become fluent and confident readers. Most pupils in key stage 2 are keen readers. They talk confidently about the types of books they like to read and their favourite author. Pupils enjoy making use of the school’s well-stocked library.”

Following this fantastic success, we spoke to the deputy headteacher and year six class teacher, Katherine, to find out how AR and Star Reading have supported the school by promoting reading engagement and measuring progress. 

Katherine explains:

 

A safe choice

“[AR] … assessed the pupil’s reading ability better than just doing one comprehension test at the end of the year.”

Accelerated Reader (AR) did two things: it enabled pupils to read the right levelled books for their respective knowledge. It also assessed the pupil’s reading ability better than just doing one comprehension test at the end of the year.

Pupils conduct various other assessments throughout the year, but Accelerated Reader and Star Reading give teachers accurate data that reaffirms these assessments.

The AR and Star Reading data corroborates the data we acquire from teachers’ and end-of-term assessments; therefore, we know it is accurate and reliable. We can use Star Reading data as a guide to predict the end-of-year reading proficiency of individual pupils.   

The right book based on the right data

“…stakeholders in the pupil’s learning journey feel confident that they are reading texts matched to their unique needs and interests.”

The diagnostic report from Star Reading gives us a clear picture of pupils performing above and below the benchmark in reading comprehension. We now share a copy of each pupil’s diagnostic report with parents to give them an overview of their child’s progress with insight into specific domains of reading, such as SPaG understanding and vocabulary acquisition.  

We now have various books in the library as we can attach AR book labels to each text, highlighting its respective complexity and points worth. These AR book labels make the library more accessible to pupils as there is no excuse not to discover a new book that pupils can’t access. 

Knowing that books are accurately assigned to pupils based on ability is reassuring. As a result, all stakeholders in the pupil’s learning journey feel confident that they are reading texts matched to their unique needs and interests.

Now, we can show parents tangible evidence that each pupil is reading the right level book for them to make gradual but impact real progress over time. We can prove that reading is a stepping stone journey that the pupil should follow properly.

A key resource for the next academic year

“We’ll keep running with the Accelerated Reader programme and making the most of the progress data.”

Next year, ahead of the 2023 SATS, I will refer to the Star Assessment data to see which pupils need urgent intervention leading up to the reading test paper. Targeting individuals and groups of pupils to offer necessary intervention ahead of this testing period will be crucial in helping us to ensure all pupils meet the expected standard for reading.

 Now that we have a wide variety of accessible texts for our pupils, we’ll keep running with the Accelerated Reader programme and making the most of the progress data. 

In the future, we will explore the Focus Skills within the Instructional Planning Report From Star Reading as these will support our overall reading comprehension assessment.

To find out how your school can utilise Accelerated Reader and Star Reading to support your school’s reading development strategy, click here


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