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Monk’sWalk School is based in Hertfordshire and has around 1350 girls and boys aged 11 to 18 on roll, with the number of students eligible for free

school meals, pupil premium or have special educational needs below the national average. The school became an academy in 2012 and has an ambitious school improvement plan in place which aims, amongst many other things, to enhance the visibility of literacy development in the classroom. In its last Ofsted report, the school was rated ‘good’ with reading and literacy rate d ‘outstanding’ .

What inspired you to create Impact Through Reading?

What inspired you to create Impact Through Reading?

We have always worked hard to support our students’ reading by finding out as much as we could about their interests, motivations and abilities to recommend appealing books. Collating information on the topics individual students are interested in was the best way to demonstrate more widely how the right book selection can turn even the most reluctant student into an avid reader with ever improving abilities, and show the impact a well-used library can have on a child.We previously didn’t have a system in place where we could record this information or prove it was effective, and I wanted to change this.

Over time, lots of spreadsheets morphed into the first version of Impact Through Reading. It’s a unique tool that focuses attention on the individuality of students, allowing us to really understand what inspires them and how t o stimulate a life-long love of reading.

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www Can you tell us how it works? an you tell us howitworks? starts with children taking an online survey in 16

September, which asks questions around their hobbies and pastimes outside of school and their attitude to reading. Examples of questions might are; How often do you read, do you enjoy reading, what is your favourite genre, do you enjoy playing computer games? These responses are built into a profile for each student, including a diagnostic attitude to reading statement and a series of data reports for teachers. Correlated with reading and spelling age tests, the tool can help librarians and teachers eliminate any barriers that might be stifling a child’s enjoyment of reading. Teachers can use the information to tailor learning in class and there is also supporting information for parents to help with their child’s reading at home.

As the survey is embedded into theMLS Reading Cloud school library management system, results can be analysed to see which suitable resources are in stock. For example, a reluctant reader might like to read a book based on their love of hockey, especially if it doesn’t stretch their reading ability too much.When the child next logs onto the library system, they will see an available list of their personalised

recommendations, including books about hockey, and can chose what they want to read .

What effect do low literacy rates have on schools?

What effect do lowliteracy rates have on schools?

Schools face many pressures, the most important of which is ensuring children fulfil their potential – and literacy skills are key to a child achieving their learning goals.

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