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A comprehensive approach to supporting your weakest readers

With 20% of year 7 arrivals requiring literacy support, a comprehensive programme of assessment and tiered intervention was created at John Taylor High School. Debbie Tremble explains how
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In the landscape of secondary education, reading interventions stand as essential tools for fostering student success. At my school, we recognise the vital role these interventions play, with approximately 20% of our year 7 students entering secondary school requiring various levels of support to engage effectively with the demanding curriculum.

Following the publication of Now the whole school is reading: Supporting struggling readers in secondary school (Ofsted, 2022), we used the research and analysis within to assess and enhance our approach to reading interventions. Employing a systematic RAG (red, amber, green) rating system, we evaluated our current standing as a school to inform our future strategies.

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