Accelerated Reader Programme at Stoke Damerel Community College
All Key Stage 3 take part in the Accelerated Reader Programme. The programme has been developed, not only to improve the reading ability of students, but to encourage a lifelong love of reading.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer programme that has been designed to help teachers and parents monitor and guide a student’s independent reading practice. 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. Students will choose books from the College Library that will 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.