to get every child in Leicester reading!
Improve match of books to children

Please click the links below to get a complete evaluation of the project the schools had received funding that has helped improve match of books to children as well as their advice for schools contemplating similar projects:


Babington Community College

Read, Write Inc. in Secondary

Target nuture groups, specifically EAL, delayed reading acquisition and SEN with a SLCD difficulty, all those with a reading age between 5.0-8.0, take part in a RWI programmes to improve their reading ages.

"Students make better than average progress with their social communication and confidence with reading" 


Braunstone Frith Primary School

Accelerated Reader into KS1

Aimed at Y2 pupils (and from summer term Y1 pupils) who are secure at Reading Recovery Level 22 or above.

"Pupils on AR are very motivated by the quizzes and the improved book choice"


Crown Hills Community College

Interventions to support the accelerated progress of identified vulnerable target groups/ individuals in Foundation Stage

A variety of projects were attempted this year with a view to widening participation amongst students. For example a lunchtime book blub for students in Y7-10 where students took turns to lead discussions on reviews.

"Within the book club, leaders of literacy have had a positive impact on other students by recommending short-reads and accessible books to overcome any stigma attached to reading"


Hazel Community Primary School

Securing book match for pupils in Foundation stage and Key Stage 1

A cycle of reading assessments using PM benchmarking was used to monitor progress and ensure correct match of book level to pupil.

"Confidence that the children are reading books that match both their decoding skills and their comprehension skills"


Inglehurst Junior School

Use of PM books to develop children's ability to read with comprehension
The programme was initiated having identified that approximately 1/3 of pupils in each year group had significant disparity between their reading accuracy and reading comprehension skills.

"We chose the PM scheme of books supports this area of development as it offers a gradual, finely levelled system of texts and opportunities for reading comprehension development"


The Lancaster Academy

Yr8 Lunchtime Bookclub

Targeted Y8 pupils who were of high ability yet underachieving in consideration to their expected grade and were invited to attend weekly book-club during lunchtime.

"Pupils chose and purchase a novel to read and keep promoting reading as a leisure activity."


Dovelands Primary School

Reciprocal Reading

The programme focuses on linking De Bono's Thinking Hats to Reciprocal Reading.

"Very beneficial to pupils who can read but struggle to understand...only read plot events not the details within the writing...lack confidence when reading new and unfamiliar text..."etc.


Merrydale Infant School

Reading for Pleasure

Programme aimed to address the declining interest shown by pupils in reading for pleasure and listening to stories.

"The story telling afternoons were well received and the enjoyment that children began to take in the stories increased"


Montrose School

Young Readers Programme

Involves a series of 3 visits to the local library for a Y5 group. The children get to borrow books and on the last 2 visits will get a book to keep.

"The children were excited and enthusiastic about visiting the library"


Rowlatts Hill Primary School

Build your own Library 

The programme provides children with three books a hear to address the lack of good quality texts available at home.

"This was our WIT project 2 years ago although we have continued to fund ourselves since due to the impact we believe it has had on our children"


Sparkenhoe Primary School

Accelerated Reader and Parents Session

Used Accelerated Reader in KS2 and Y2 and encouraged parents to read with their child and take a free book home.

Lead to "An increase in reading miles...Positive impact on comprehension...Increase in children's interest in books" etc.


Whitehall Primary School

Reading Champions

12 children in Y5 and Y6 were chosen to become Reading Champions to promote enjoyment of reading across the school, with a focus on Y1 and Y2.

"Reading Champions are learning new skills-library organisation and story telling"..."Children in other year groups are enjoying reading the books that were chosen..."