Herts for Learning (HfL) is offering secondary schools the opportunity to take part in the newly launched Reading Fluency Project for Key Stage 3.
Incorporating the principles of the highly effective Key Stage 2 Reading Fluency Project, which has been successfully running in schools since autumn 2017, the KS3 project incorporates transformational teaching strategies to improve the reading comprehension of students who enter KS3 working below, at, or just above, the KS2 expected standard in reading.
The project aims to accelerate achievement in reading fluency and comprehension and draws on proven reading strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement.
Strategies used on the eight-week project include:
- modelled expressive reading
- echo reading
- repeated re-reading
- skilled questioning
- challenging text selection
- modelled comprehension skills
Outcomes from the schools in the trial project are compelling. Following the 8-week project, students made on average 15 months progress in reading comprehension* and increased confidence, engagement and stamina in reading was seen in all project students.**
Kelly Bulbeck, Literacy co-ordinator at The Sandringham School in St Albans who participated in the KS3 reading fluency trial project said:
“The project has been really helpful in developing my knowledge of teaching reading aloud. We plan to share these strategies with both the English department and at whole school level.”
Penny Slater, Lead for the KS3 Reading Fluency Project at HfL said:
“The recent trials have shown that the project strategies secure swift and impressive improvements for Year 7 students. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 7 will be better able to tackle the reading demands of the English curriculum, as well as those presented across other subjects.”
The project comprises of a launch day, a bespoke consultancy visit in school with one of our expert advisers, a twilight training session and a half-day final cluster.
The project is being delivered within schools in Hertfordshire, and is also available to surrounding counties, including London.
*Source: YARC assessment tool data from 17 pilot project students for 2019
**Source: Pilot project school participant teaching staff feedback.