Daily reads help pupils on path to bright future

LEARNING English and literacy co-ordinator Brenna Weston Bell with Alexander Futcher, Matthew Phillips and Jude Weston during reading time. Picture: Sarah Standing (122176-8360)
LEARNING English and literacy co-ordinator Brenna Weston Bell with Alexander Futcher, Matthew Phillips and Jude Weston during reading time. Picture: Sarah Standing (122176-8360)
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A SCHOOL which teaches boys with behavioural difficulties is aiming to get 90 per cent of pupils reading as part of a new literacy scheme.

Prospect School in Havant provides education for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

As part of a new literacy scheme, the school has changed the timetable so that every child and adult reads once a day for 20 minutes.

It all links in to our Read All About It campaign to improve literacy across the area.

The school has also invested in the Accelerated Reader scheme which allows pupils and parents to track progress of the books being read and access rewards and incentives linked to it.

The school is aiming to get 90 per cent of the pupils ‘functionally literate’ by the end of next year.

And the scheme will see the whole school working as a reading community.

It gives pupils the opportunity to read together, enjoying the same things at the same time, such as shorter stories.

Marijke Miles, headteacher at the school, said: ‘We wanted a really inspiring target that was consistent with our ethos of the school, which is about changing lives and giving better opportunities that are life long.

‘The community reading is important as we are a small school.

‘Part of our work is everybody living and learning together.’

The headteacher added that she feels reading is vital in schools to enable the pupils to move on to have successful lives.

‘It’s critical,’ she said.

‘There is no doubt that literacy is the one thing that we need to be sure that we give the children the best start when they leave school.

‘They are reading to gain insight and to gain something and create enjoyment from it.

‘We are really excited about it. The staff response has been phenomenal.

‘We are investing in training and preparation and planning time ready for the new school term in September.’

The school is relocating and refurnishing its library before the new term starts.