A bid to encourage more reading among students at The Priory Ruskin Academy is proving very successful.
Over the last three years, Priory Ruskin has adopted and developed a system called Renaissance Reading (Accelerated Reader) which enables pupils to choose, read and take a mini test on a book that interests them, mainly during school time.
In the first year 32% of pupils read at least one book, 66% in the second year and 70% in the third year. This year with the introduction of Eclipse, where pupils can now sign their book out to take home, and the launch of the reading week, the school fully expects close to 100% of pupils will read and engage with at least one book that interests them, but probably much more.
The school says scores of students have read more than five books in a year. Some have read over thirty books in a year. Two students have even read over three million words in less than a year.
During Reading Week, which took place last week, the school encouraged Year 7 to 10 students to engage with the programme. They read a book for the first ten minutes of every lesson during the week. By the end of the week, including tutor time they had read for at least four hours and 40 minutes, and much more if they read at home.
A school spokesman said: “We trust this initiative, as well as many others to follow will help to generate a love for reading that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, as well as help them with their academic studies.”