In January 2019, Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School’s headteacher Gayle Fletcher attended attended a Curriculum Masterclass with Mary Myatt, Tom Sherrington and John Thompset. At the event, Gayle was really inspired when she heard about the Just Reading project from Sussex University.
“This article reports on a mixed methods study in which 20 English teachers in the South of England changed their current practice to read two whole challenging novels at a faster pace than usual in 12 weeks with their average and poorer readers ages 12-13. Ten teachers received additional training in teaching comprehension. Students in both groups made 8.5 months’ mean progress on standardised tests of reading comprehension, but the poorer readers made a surprising 16 months progress but with no difference made by the training programme. Simply reading challenging, complex novels aloud and at a fast pace in each lesson repositioned ‘poorer readers’ as ’good’ readers, giving them a more engaged uninterrupted reading experience over a sustained period.” – Just Reading Project
Inspired by this, Gayle went back to her English Leader and SLT with the intention of doing this with her school. Through their work with Whole Education, they decided to use this project as their first ‘Leading a Whole Education at Primary’ Project (LAWEP).
The project saw most of the children who were assessed on the primary YARC making more than +3 months progress during twelve weeks in comprehension, reading accuracy and speed.
Gloucester Road Nursery and Primary School will be speaking about their primary project at the next WE Inspire event on 10th November 2021.