The challenge | To develop a whole school, unique approach to the teaching of reading when children do not have access to rich, high quality books outside of school.

The method | The School Development Plan stated pupils should be engaged in reading for pleasure, visit the library regularly and that all classes have a high quality reading area. The BIG Read and Reading Eggs Homework initiatives were introduced throughout the school. Pupils without the internet were invited to homework club to complete their work. All teachers delivered whole class reading sessions.

The impact: Questionnaires showed that the percentage of pupils who enjoyed reading increased. The library data shows that children are using the library weekly. Children are able to discuss the books they are reading. The biggest success of this project is that other schools in the local authority and beyond have implemented this approach and the teachers come and observe best practice within our school.

Contact | Maria Kokotsis