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Developing pupils’ reading across the secondary curriculum: an example from Nightingale Academy

Added 25 Jul 2017
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Emma King (Teaching and Learning Lead) at Nightingale Academy, North London outlines how teachers across the school are improving reading comprehension through three different approaches

  • Accelerated Reader to engage pupils in reading, help them catch up to their chronological age and create a reading culture
  • Reciprocal Reading strategies to develop pupils' active reading skills across all subject areas;
  • Targeted reading interventions to support individual pupils with a reading age of 9 and below

There are three videos of Emma explaining these three approaches.


Part 1 - Accelerated Reader

In this video, Emma King (the Teaching and Learning Lead at Nightingale Academy) outlines how the school has successfully embedded Accelerated Reader to develop a positive culture of reading.

Part 2 - Reciprocal Reading

In this video, Emma King outlines how teachers are using Reciprocal Reading strategies to develop pupils’ active reading skills and make them confident and independent readers who can access difficult texts.

Part 3 - Targeted Reading Interventions

In this video, Emma King outlines how the school has created a literacy-needs register for pupils with a reading age of 9 and below, and implemented a range of reading interventions to meet pupils’ needs.

You can also download

  • A handy table summarising the programmes and their impact
  • Accelerated Reader (AR) case studies from the school
  • Reading skills cue cards
  • An AR graph showing impact on reading ages