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Ofsted-acknowledged Successful Reading Development Strategy at Oasis Academy New Oak

Oasis Academy New Oak, Bristol, England

Oasis Academy New Oak has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2021 to support the school’s reading development strategy. 

In April 2022, the school received a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection report with specific reference to the school’s revived reading initiative.

“Leaders make reading their highest priority. The curriculum is designed around key texts that are carefully chosen to give pupils a wide experience of quality literature. Pupils enjoy reading a range of books independently.” 

– Ofsted

Following this brilliant feedback from the report, we got in touch with Deputy Principal, Hannah, to discover what precisely the school has implemented to receive the esteemed recognition for the school.

Hannah explains –

Nurturing independent readers

“The fact that questions in both Accelerated Reader quizzes and Star Reading assessments are computer-adaptive and multiple-choice means the data we receive at the end of the AR quiz gives us tangible targets for pupils.”

 We focus on independent reading, ensuring that all pupils have independent daily reading time. When the children finish their book, they will log onto Accelerated Reader (AR) to complete the corresponding book quiz.

Now, our pupils are independent readers. Once they finish a book, they don’t have to wait to do a quiz, and they can navigate the Renaissance website and AR programme well.

The fact that questions in both AR quizzes and Star Reading assessments are computer-adaptive and multiple-choice means the data we receive at the end of the AR quiz gives us tangible targets for pupils.

The questions don’t just continue to be challenging; they adapt to pupils’ answers, making the quizzes more accessible for pupils. In addition, they get immediate feedback with AR, which keeps pupils engaged.

Accelerated Reader has encouraged children to read much more because pupils enjoy reading and carrying out the corresponding AR book quiz. In addition, our pupils engage with the AR programme so well because it’s online. Anything that involves using the iPad is a novelty that they cherish!

Data to inform a rich conversation

“Pupils are happy to go home and tell their parents how they got on with their latest AR book quiz!”

The data we receive from the various reports you can run off from AR and Star Reading are all easy to interpret. We’ll refer to this data along with the school’s reading lead to analyse each class and group of pupils in more depth to determine where good practice is happening and where more intervention needs to happen.

Our parents are kept up to date on their child’s reading progress thanks to reports from AR and Star Reading and mainly because pupils are happy to go home and tell their parents how they got on with their latest AR book quiz!

Having more conversations with parents about pupils reading more books but not correctly interpreting them has encouraged more reading from home between parents and children.

Not only do our pupils love taking part in their AR book quizzes, but they have an added incentive of knowing if they hit their target, they’ll receive a prize to celebrate their continued progress with reading.

 

A new reading strategy for a new curriculum

“Our teachers utilise the helpful information we receive from the data to support our ongoing reading development strategy.”

We’ve recently rejuvenated a curriculum by ensuring that we have books and texts that support the curriculum for pupils to access for broader understanding.

Therefore, we’ve been strategic with what types of texts, authors, and genres we provide for pupils. As a result, you’d find lots of our children with similar books and authors before implementing Accelerated Reader and our new curriculum. But now we know our pupils are reading a diverse range of texts.

I think AR will continue to evolve, especially using the data to provide suitable intervention strategies for pupils. But, so far, we’ve managed to implement it well.

We can see that our pupils are doing well with AR and Star Reading. Pupils know how to use the programme proficiently, and our teachers utilise the helpful information we receive from the data to support our ongoing reading development strategy.

Like everything in schools, we can always continue to improve, and our reading lead has been working hard to ensure we get the most out of AR and the data it provides us. We look forward to seeing how AR and Star reading can continue to help our school progress.

Renaissance Accelerated Reader

“[Pupils] learn to read with increasing understanding and fluency. Teachers have good subject knowledge, which means that pupils learn to read well.”

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