The Year 7 Reading Fluency Project is designed to swiftly improve reading fluency and comprehension of those pupils who have entered KS3 working below the expected standard in reading. The project strategies have been trialled extensively with Year 5 & 6 pupils, and have had a powerful effect on reading ability for the vast majority of pupils, in turn supporting them to develop more positive views about reading.
Over the 8-week period, target children receive 2 x 20 minutes teacher-led sessions each week. Using the key strategies of modelled expert reading and echo reading, alongside challenging text selection, pupils have been shown to make dramatic progress across an 8-week intervention period. Year 6 pupils made on average 31.5 months progress during the intervention period.
The Year 7 project was trialled in 3 secondary schools in summer 2019 and has been adapted to suit a secondary audience. The 17 pupils who took part in the secondary trial improved their reading comprehension age by 15 months.
Delegates from the KS3 Reading Fluency Project spring 2020 round offered the following feedback:
A really thought-provoking and engaging course. I have learned a lot that I can use as a reading intervention and in my regular teaching. Sarah Murray, Parmiter’s School
I cannot thank HfL enough for their support and genuine interest in supporting our readers. It has been a great opportunity and one which will continue to develop students, despite adverse circumstances. Laura Cooke, Simon Balle All-Through School
The project incorporates a range of high quality CPD elements, including:
- a project launch, incorporating 3 sessions (session 1 is pre-recorded and can be accessed on 15th September, two weeks prior to the launch day: session 2 13:00-14:30 & session 3 15:00-16:30 will be delivered across one afternoon)
- a twilight session (delivered as a one-hour live webinar)
- a 2-hour in-school visit (this can be delivered remotely if necessary)
- a final review (delivered as a one-hour live webinar)
NB. Live sessions are recorded and will be available to access for one week after delivery.
In addition, schools will be supplied with assessment materials, which will support in judging the impact of the project. The HfL advisory team will mark and analyse the assessment materials, providing the pre-intervention data outcomes at the school visit and the post-intervention data outcomes at the final review.
The project cost covers the inclusion of one teacher (who will deliver the sessions) and a project lead (this may be the Head of English).