SIXTH FORMERS SUPPORT YOUNGER STUDENTS WITH READING
It has been wonderful to reintroduce the Paired Reading initiative into school this year. We have a long history of our older students supporting the younger students in all sorts of areas and it is one of the real strengths of an 11-18 setting, allowing us to develop as a community. Paired Reading is an evidence-based way of improving reading skills at all levels as well as a way of enthusing all readers. It is a chance to enjoy and discuss books together whilst increasing reading fluency and comprehension. Readers are supported by their partners to develop strategies for decoding unfamiliar words and to be ‘word curious’ about new vocabulary.
We are so pleased that 22 Year 12 and Year students have signed up for the scheme. They will be developing important skills in communication and effective working alongside others, reflecting on the approaches they take and making adjustments where necessary. For some, this will help them gain valuable experience for future careers in education, speech and language or working with young people. We hope all will enjoy the experience.
The Year 7 and Year 8 students meet every Wednesday or Friday morning with their partners during the ‘Reading session’ in the Tutor programme which all Year groups take part in. The scheme is planned to continue for the whole year, with possible changes in participants as the year progresses.
Sarah Gleave, Language for Learning Lead, said: “I’m really grateful to our Sixth Form students for their commitment and enthusiasm in signing up to help with this initiative. There is a lovely atmosphere in the Paired Reading sessions, which embody our aim as a school and college to foster a love of reading in every student.”