How do we prioritise reading in our school?

How do we prioritise reading at St Erme with Trispen?


Reading is a top priority at St Erme with Trispen.

We strive to ensure that children leave St Erme with Trispen as confident, independent and lifelong readers.

Here are some of the things that we are doing in school to prioritise reading:

• Reading is identified as a school priority in our SIIP with the vital importance of reading frequently shared with staff and governors via INSET and staff meetings.

• Teachers read to our children every day.

• Reading is prioritised in foundation subjects and class book corners reflect this.

• We have timetabled daily RWI lessons (EYFS-Y2) and daily stand-alone VIPERS reading skills lessons. (Y2-Y6).

• The priority and importance of reading has been shared with parents through newsletters and our parent meetings.

• Our website has a thorough section dedicated to reading with support for parents and videos to show how we teach reading successfully at St Erme with Trispen.

• Significant investment has been made in a robust early phonics programme, engaging books, intervention support and professional development of staff.

• The English Subject Lead is allocated regular classroom-release time to monitor and develop reading.

• We have built a reading team, including a Read Write Inc. (RWI) lead, across reception to year 6 where expertise can be accessed at all stages of reading development.

• We have a well-stocked library, which is a fantastic environment for children to enjoy reading.

• There are a variety of intervention groups, strategies and targeting is in place to give those pupils who struggle with reading the very best opportunity of ‘catching up’ with their peers.

• When you walk through our school, you will see clearly how reading is prioritised through reading displays and areas in all classrooms, communal areas and carefully selected books available for all of our children.

• A termly detailed Headteacher report is shared with governors and reading is a focus for discussion.