Schools praised for making reading a pleasure

December 05 2016

FISHPONDS Church of England Academy and Begbrook Primary Academy are among seven schools that have now achieved the Bristol Every Child a Reader standard.

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FISHPONDS Church of England Academy and Begbrook Primary Academy are among seven schools that have now achieved the Bristol Every Child a Reader standard.

The ECaR leaders from the two schools, Grace Wakelin and Rachael Symons, were presented with plaques by the Bristol Lord MayorJeff Lovell at the Mansion House.

The ECaR programme identifies children struggling to get to grips with reading and offers intensive one-to-one support with a specialist Reading Recovery teacher to help them get back on track.

Books are carefully ‘banded’ to ensure children are reading at exactly the right level to help them improve.

Some schools also have reading partners who are trained to understand the skills children need to be good readers.

About 2,500 children in Bristol primary schools benefited from the scheme last year. Of these children, more than eight out of 10 were successfully helped to achieve the reading level appropriate for their age. 

Tracking of children who received Reading Recovery at the start of primary school six years ago, because their reading was below expected levels for their age, shows they continued to maintain the gains made during the programme at the end of KS2 (age 11).

Rachael Symons said: “Achieving the ECaR standard is proof that as a school we ensure that all pupils are given the best opportunities to read for pleasure as well as to achieve the highest standards of reading. We are very proud to have been awarded the ECaR standard and will continue to develop a deep love of reading among our pupils.”

Wallscourt Farm Academy in Cheswick Village also achieved the ECaR standard. Lead reading teacher Amy Culverwell said 

Amy Culverwell from Wallscourt Farm Academy said: “Reading is a key part of life and learning at Wallscourt Farm Academy, and we are determined to ensure all children benefit from the opportunities and joy that reading brings.We are so pleased that this has been recognised through the ECAR award. “