You can do a lot in 10 minutes


I think I’m on fairly safe, uncontested ground to claim that kids who can read better tend to do better in their GCSES. Whilst this seems obvious in English, I think the same is probably true across the whole curriculum. Indeed, there was an EEF reportat the start of the year suggesting that improving reading comprehension may well improve Science results. We also have subjects like Drama where (perhaps controversially) some GCSE specifications have a written element comprising as much as 70% of the course. If we feel that strong readers are likely to cope better with these demands, there is a clear imperative to make sure students can read well.

The correlation between reading ages and GCSE results seems pretty clear in my school. Out of curiosity, I asked our central team to send me a scatter graph of last year’s year 11 cohort, plotting reading ages against…

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