Skills Academy summer school

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Our digital reading catch-up programme that fuses physical activity with reading comprehension skills

What is Skills Academy?

Skills Academy is a reading intervention that can effectively support students improve their comprehension skills and motivation to read.

It is a highly engaging tool that teaches five core comprehension skills by using appealing and relatable texts to motivate even the most reluctant readers. Skills Academy also helps with students` well-being by including rewards and physical movement in every lesson. Ten lesson plans use football and reading, and breakdance and beatbox and reading, to engage secondary students and support their reading and writing.

Our recent evaluation showed that half of students participating in Skills Academy improved their reading age on average by 8.4 months over the 10 week programme, while 7 in 10 (71%) students said reading interesting texts as part of the programme had motivated them to be better readers.

A student came to us with huge literacy deficits and a complete lack of self-confidence. Skills Academy was a catalyst for turning her life around and improving her life chances.

Nina Moore, Full Circle Education

How to use Skills Academy in your summer school

We suggest you deliver one session a day over a two-week period to build pupils’ reading skills, outlined in the summer school learning sequence.

Across the two weeks, will cover the following skills:

  • Questioning
  • Clarifying
  • Summarising
  • Predicting
  • Inference

Explore these sample resources to find out how the challenges work:

Sign up for Skills Academy Summer School

Skills Academy usually costs £150 per school, including access for a year, copies of printed books and a year of National Literacy Trust membership.

However, for the duration of the summer holidays we have made access to the online challenges and lesson plans free for use in summer schools.

Summer school access does not include books and membership, and will end in September 2021.

To run the Skills Academy summer school please complete the form below and we will send you log in details.

Login details will be sent out from Monday 5 July.

If your students enjoy using Skills Academy in your summer school, why not consider purchasing the full package for use throughout the year?

To find out more, visit the Skills Academy page or email