Northampton primary school celebrates reading achievements of pupils

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Pupils at the Woodvale Primary Academy took part in ‘Read Aloud’ event to celebrate the achievements of early readers who have undertaken a Reading Recovery programme.

The Read Aloud week was organised by the UCL Institute of Education’s (IOE) Reading Recovery Centre and enabled children to show their newly gained reading

abilities in fun ways.

Each year about 20 per cent of children leave primary school not being able to adequately read. This means that up to 120,000 eleven year olds enter secondary education without having reached their expected average reading age. This has direct consequences for a child’s futures. They may struggle at secondary school, get few if any qualifications and find it harder to enter further education or employment.

The Reading Recovery programme has demonstrated how children can be helped to become successful readers and Read Aloud week celebrates the success of those who

have overcome their difficulties to become better readers.

Erica Holt, principal, said: “The Woodvale Primary Academy benefits greatly from having a Reading Recovery Teacher.

“Staff and parents report that is wonderful to witness the children’s enjoyment of books grow and their skills develop in reading and writing. Not only is it a proven way of raising standards in reading it is also an effective way to spend pupil premium money.”

Sue Tomalin, Reading Recovery Teacher, said: “Training in Reading Recovery has given me the best professional development I have ever had. I now have the knowledge skills and understanding I need to work with children with complex literacy learning needs. It is so rewarding to see children grow in confidence and become readers and writers.”