We Support Accelerated Reading at Three Rivers Academy

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Three Rivers Academy in Hersham is piloting a two-year reading scheme designed to assist students who find reading a challenge.

The ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme is designed for Year 7 to Year 9 students and promotes reading for pleasure by using an extensive range of exciting books. Teachers can monitor students’ reading practice and, armed with a comprehensive set of reports, understand how much a student has been reading, the level of complexity and how well they understood what they had read.  Teachers are also able to measure vocabulary growth and literacy skills.

Over the course of the last academic year, the school has been able to report that many disadvantaged learners across Year 7 showed dramatic improvements in their literacy skills.  10% of students went up by two reading levels, 60% of students improved their reading level by one reading age and the remaining 30% showed improvements. The improvements in literacy for these students have far reaching positive effects not only within the English department but across the curriculum.

The report illustrates not only the improving the reading scores of disadvantaged students but also highlights that these students have been provided with opportunities for reading that they may not otherwise have had access to. 

One student, Michelle, started off with a reading age of 12 and by the end of the year had a reading age of 15.  She said “Wow, that’s great I have a new reading age of 15 which means I can push myself to read harder books”.

Suzy Darby, Head of English at Three Rivers Academy says, “We are excited by the possibilities of Accelerated Reader’s future once fully embedded in years 7 – 9”.

Walton Charity supported the Accelerated Reader programme with a Community Grant as part of a programme for improving educational attainment for children who come from less advantaged backgrounds.  Over recent years, the Charity has contributed £200,000 to Three Rivers Academy.