College team goes back to school for Read Aloud month

March 26 2018

Pupils from Brunel Field Primary School read their favourite books to a series of visitors from the Strategic Leadership Team at City of Bristol College in February as part of a celebration of reading in Bristol.

Pupils from Brunel Field Primary School read their favourite books to a series of visitors from the Strategic Leadership Team at City of Bristol College in February as part of a celebration of reading in Bristol.

The month long programme is part of Read Aloud, and the children taking part include those who have benefitted from the Reading Recovery programme which works with the lowest achieving children aged five or six, enabling them to reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks.

Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for education and skills, said: “Reading is a fundamental skill which we all rely upon in our everyday lives. Not being able to read at a certain level means children can fall behind at an early stage. Reading aloud with children is a tried and tested method for improving children’s abilities and motivating them to learn the basic skills needed.”

Reading Recovery runs in schools and involves a short series of one-to-one, tailored lessons for 30 minutes every day with a specially trained teacher.  

The programme has enjoyed great success in Bristol with thousands of local children already having benefitted. Eight out of ten children who take part in Reading Recovery catch up with their classmates within six months.

The Strategic Leadership Team at City of Bristol College have shown their commitment to supporting the campaign by visiting Brunel Field Primary School.

Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive at the college said: “Effective reading and correct use of English language are life-long skills, enabling confidence, self-esteem and ultimately successful learning. Almost 50% of our entire student population continues to develop their English and literacy skills during their time at the college, in order to better prepare for the world of work, further study or independent living.

“At the same time we recognise that good reading and literacy habits start at an early age.”

Each year approximately 20% of children leave primary school not being able to read adequately, many of these children come from the poorest sectors of society and this figure rises to 33% among children from the most deprived backgrounds. Research has shown that up to 120,000 11 year olds enter secondary education without having reached their expected average reading age.

Key Stage Two reading tests for 11 year olds showed that Reading Recovery children had maintained progress and achieved average reading test results for their age.