The primary aim of our reading strategy is to ensure the continual improvement of literacy standards for all learners.

In developing literacy levels, we aim to increase access to and success within the curriculum; to prepare learners to operate successfully in the world beyond school and to foster a life-long love of language.

At the heart of our practice lies our acknowledgement that, whilst the basic skill of reading might be specifically delivered within the English curriculum, all teachers share responsibility for the consolidation of this skill and for their subject specific application.

In reading, subjects from across the curriculum offer opportunities for students to:

  • use reading to research the subject area;
  • use the library and ICT facilities to support subject learning and the acquisition of multi-modal literacy
  • track their independent reading progress via half termly Star Reading tests and Renaissance Reader book quizzes during weekly lessons in the library
  • be supported in independent reading within a range of subjects.

Key Principles

All staff aim to:

  • scaffold and support reading development through their subject;
  • present reading tasks at a suitable level;
  • draw students’ attention to structure, layout, format, print, topic sentences and other sign-posts;
  • help students to skim, scan, summarise or read intensively according to the task;
  • teach students to select or note only what is relevant;
  • support students who are at the early stages of reading via an Intervention programme or PLRS (Premier League Reading Stars)
  • teach students to read identified subject vocabulary.