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Reading: Ten ways to help students become great readers

More than a quarter of year 6 pupils arrive in secondary school behind the ‘expected standard’ for reading. Tiffnie Harris offers 10 approaches that will help these young people to catch up
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According to former US President Harry S Truman: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

We are not all destined to be presidents or prime ministers however good we are at reading of course. But it is a quote that speaks volumes about the importance of reading for our life chances – and those of our students.

However, the reality is that more than a quarter of year 6 children missed the “expected standard” in reading in the last set of key stage 2 tests. And that, of course, is a problem for them when it comes to accessing the rest of the curriculum as well as the world around them.

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