to get every child in Leicester reading!
Increase reading miles and language

Please click the links below to get a complete evaluation of the projects that schools received funding for that has helped increase reading miles and language as well as their advice for schools contemplating similar projects:


Alderman and Richard Hallam

The Big Read

Across the school the last 15 minutes of the school day are dedicated to 'The Big Read'

"Children are exposed to language beyond their reading capability."


 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"


Belgrave St Peter's C of E Primary School

Read, Write Inc. Spelling

Read Write Inc. Spelling is a programme for children in Y2-Y7 to ensure every child is spelling effortlessly. Each class engages with an activity which lasts approximately 15-20 minutes.

"Teachers are aware that children are more willing to engage with their spellings because of what the programme entails."


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 not yet on AR are motivated to improve their reading and 'move up' levels because they want to be on AR"


Charnwood Primary School

Creative Learning Services Subscription

CLS aims to increase reading miles, both in school and home. Reading related experiences were created through the subscription such as Y5 Creative Writing Workshop and Book talking sessions with Lower Key Stage 2.

"...Just finished subscription, initial indications sugges the impact has been positive..."


Green Lane Infant School

Knowledge Transfer Center (KTC)

Phonics, reading and writing programme. Systematic teaching with transferable skills through the three areas.

"The percentage of children on track in reception is currently higher than the past 2 years"


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.


Eyres Monsell Primary School

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

One of the aims of the project is to build up reading miles in Foundation stage and ensure that pupils enter Y1 on track.

"Pupils are given the skills and confidence to read and are enthusiastic about reading"


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"


Merrydale Infant School

Reading for Pleasure

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

"Children clearly look forward to dipping into the book boxes, secure in the knowledge that ALL they had to do was enjoy the story"


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"


Scraptoft Valley Primary School

Most Improved Reader Book Prizes

Class teachers each nominate two 'Most improved' readers at the end of every teaching module.

"The pupils were excited at the prospect of being chosen and book prizes were valued highly"


Sir Johnathon North Community College

Reading rocks- Breakfast and Lunchtime Reading Club

Targeting Yr 7 and Yr 8 students with reading ages below 9 yrs and 11 yrs were identified and given Yr 9 and 10 mentors at a reading club taking place twice a week.

"Last year students' reading age rose by 23 mmonths on average during the 6 months duration of the project"


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..."