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As I am sure you will remember from our newsletters, one of our key priorities has been to support our students in improving their literacy. In order to help achieve this, we have enrolled all Year 7 and 8 pupils into an extensive reading programme called Accelerated Reader to help build students’ reading skills to ensure they are successful in both English and all other subjects.

All students in Year 7 and 8 have been tested and will now know what their Zone of Proximal Development range is. The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) suggests the readability-level range from which a student should be selecting books to maximise their ability to improve their reading without frustration. This scheme includes the completion of a short quiz on the computer and your child’s English teacher will encourage them to take the quiz as soon as they have completed a book. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what they have read and Accelerated Reader gives both your child and teacher feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set targets and direct on-going reading practice.

In order for the programme to be effective, students must read for at least 20 minutes per day. This will take place in school during their daily Drop Everything and Read sessions but your child should also read in their own time at home and we hope that you will actively support them to do this. The student planner contains pages for these reading sessions to be logged and a link to Accelerated Reader is on your child’s WISE page. This will give you the opportunity to follow your child’s improving literacy and support them in developing a commitment to reading both for pleasure and to support their future examination success.

Students who score 100% on a book quiz will receive a raffle ticket for entry into an end of term draw.

The ‘Parents Guide to Accelerated Reader’ below contains further information and frequently asked questions.

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