The Making of Exceptional Reading Schools

Reading Matters by Piper Books

Top-performing schoolsi come in all shapes and sizes. Schools with high Pupil Premium grants, large inner-city Edwardian schools surrounded by concrete, leafy little village schools and so on. For the first time in decades, the reading scores of eleven-year-olds were detached from other SATs results, allowing greater scrutiny of reading abilities.

By looking at the websites of the fifty most successful schools in 2016 SATs 2 reading, it is possible to find common themes – albeit tentative – concerning early reading instruction and developing a reading culture, in particular.

The majority of top-performing schools:

  1. Selected one of the main Systematic Synthetic Phonics programmes, either Letters and Sounds, ReadWrite Inc or Jolly Phonics, with some schools choosing Jolly Phonics for Reception, followed by Letters and Sounds, and two schools choosing Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Lettersii. Nearly all schools allocated the standard 30 minutes’ phonics period in Reception and Year…

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