“Pupils talk with enthusiasm about the books they’ve read” – Ofsted at Woodlands Primary School
Woodlands Primary School, Wirral, England
Woodlands Primary School has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading since 2020 to support their reading development strategy. Following an Ofsted inspection in May 2022, the school received a ‘Good’ inspection report, explicitly recognising the school’s reading development strategy:
Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to read or to listen to stories. This improves their knowledge and understanding of vocabulary. In key stage 2, the reading curriculum helps pupils to develop their understanding of a wide range of texts. Older pupils read fluently. They talk with enthusiasm about the books they have read.”
After discovering this fantastic news, we got in touch with Lower-KS2 and Curriculum lead Laura, who led the implementation of AR across KS2 and continues to be solely responsible for analysing data etc. Laura told us the school decided to put their trust in Accelerated Reader and Star Reading and the impact they’ve since seen.
A newfound enthusiasm for reading
“Before we knew it, we had pupils reading more and wanted to finish reading their books.”
We introduced Accelerated Reader (AR) to encourage pupils to be more engaged with reading but, more importantly, to read for pleasure. AR immediately hooked our pupils because they need to be incentivised to commit to something given their unique background and demographics.
Before we knew it, we had pupils reading more and wanted to finish reading their books. Pupils notoriously disengaged with reading now ask about particular genres and authors and even talked to their peers about their favourite books.
Since introducing AR, we’ve invested in more quality and diverse books for the school. We’ve also managed to stock more non-fiction books now that AR makes reading all books accessible, and we can nurture pupils’ interests.
I’ve also noticed that more pupils are keen to carry out their Accelerated Reader quizzes, which means they’re encouraged to keep reading more books.
Accurate data to monitor progress throughout the year
“Because the reports from Star reading are so clear, I can immediately see which pupils are struggling and require urgent intervention.”
With Star Reading, we can now set reading targets for all pupils each term, and we can accurately monitor the progress of every pupil throughout the term. We share this progress tracking data with other staff, and there’s unanimous agreement that the data is accurate.
Following the success of each pupil meeting their target, we can incentivise them to keep achieving by offering rewards for target success such as a certificate or a chocolate bar.
I will analyse the reports from the Star Reading assessments each term to investigate trends in each pupil’s reading development. Because the reports from Star reading are so clear, I can immediately see which pupils are struggling and require urgent intervention in specific reading domains such as comprehension.
I will also share the information from the termly Star Reading assessments with other subject leaders and SLT as we feel strong reading levels throughout the school will indicate wider curriculum attainment.
The right choice for reading
“AR has raised the reading profile, and we’ve ring-fenced 30-minutes every day to stop and read, contributing to a successful reading culture in the school.”
Before Accelerated Reader, our pupils simply were not reading as much as I wanted. AR has raised the reading profile, and we’ve ring-fenced 30-minutes every day to stop and read, contributing to a successful reading culture in the school, which has seen reading engagement and enjoyment go through the roof!
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