The Accelerated Reader programme is a nationally recognised reading initiative that focuses on improving reading ages for Secondary School Students.
Here at Northfield School, we run it for Y7 and Y8 students who are assessed 4 times a year so we can monitor their reading ages. This data is then used to ascertain what level of book they should be reading so we can provide them with age appropriate books from the school library. Each child is expected to read at least 20 minutes at least 5 times a week and then they take a short quiz based on the book they have just read. In conjunction with the programme, we have weekly prizes for quizzers regardless of score. We also have prizes for Millionaire readers as well as inter-tutor group competitions.
Spinoffs from running the programme are our highly successful Reading Leaders Programme where Y9 students mentor Y7 students on a weekly basis and help them with their reading. We have also introduced the 101 Club for our higher level readers who read at GCSE levels already and have the opportunity to read books of a more mature nature.
The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you will go.