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acc reader oct 17

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are taking part in a new reading programme to help them develop a lifelong love of reading.


The Accelerated Reader is a computer programme aimed at improving students' reading ability and has been designed to help teachers and parents monitor and guide a student’s independent reading.  

"It works by identifying a student’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) (Reading age) and recommends a selection of books that will match and challenge their reading ability," explained Mrs Hardie, head of English.  

"Students will choose books from the College Library that fall within this range and when they are finished, they will take a short, electronic quiz.

"The quiz will assess their understanding of what they have read and enable teachers to target the students’ individual reading development needs.

"Although we take Reading Development very seriously here at Stoke Damerel Community College, we also want it to be enjoyable and great effort is put into thinking of fun ways in which to reward students for their individual successes.

"We have some amazing prizes to help incentivise reading as well as some small treats to help students progress on their reading journey.

"If you would like to support your child’s reading, you can do this by taking an interest in the books they are reading and encouraging reading at home as well as in school. Research has shown that reading for 20 minutes a day increases success at GCSE level and beyond."

If you are interested, more information can be found out about the Accelerated Reader Programme on the College website or you can contact Mrs Hardie directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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