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Reading at Eden

“Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.”  Barack Obama

Eden’s Literacy Priorities 2023 – 2024

  • Priority 1: Improve reading fluency across the curriculum
  • Priority 2: Embed the use of targeted intervention to address reading gaps

At Eden, we are committed to raising standards of literacy for all as we recognise the significant benefits in our pupils having a functional reading age when they take the next steps in their lives and careers. Our aim is to provide our pupils with the skills necessary to become confident and successful readers.

The importance of regular reading is always promoted and encouraged. All pupils have dedicated, timetabled reading slots where they spend time reading book titles that they have chosen and that are linked to their reading ability at that time.

Each classroom has a dedicated reading area and the library is stocked with a variety of books for the pupils to choose from, that are linked to their interests and are age appropriate


Reading for all at Eden

Targeted intervention Universal offer
Additional support Reading independently and for pleasure English Curriculum Wider Curriculum
Some Reading Concerns
Pupil is below average

  • QFT – classroom teachers to be aware of these pupils.
  • Close monitoring through AR. (AR watch list).

Multiple reading concerns
Pupil is well below average

  • IDL intervention.
  • Guided reading – reciprocal reading strategies.

Significant weaknesses in reading
Pupil is significantly below average

  • Precision teaching – single word reading intervention.
  • Reading with SLT
  • Phonics – phonics international
  • Paired reading

Parental workshops for the weakest readers.

Accelerated reader

  • Every pupil has a reading book matched to reading age.
  • Reading rewards

Reading recommendations

  • ‘Read Your Way’ book challenges available.
  • Dedicated independent reading time
  • Recommendations from your subject teachers.
  • Book of the month

Quality resources

  • Well-stocked & maintained library
  • Recommended reading lists.
  • Book sales on pupil progress days

Extra opportunities

  • Book clubs
  • Reading mentors
  • Author visits / interview the author
  • Reading events
Carefully-chosen texts to increase background knowledge

  • Novels, poetry and non-fiction texts which enable students to gain knowledge about different perspectives / ideas in society & the world.

Curriculum thinking documentation

  • Key skills for reading are revisited throughout the year.
  • Vocabulary is deliberately taught and tested.
  • Knowledge organisers present key vocabulary and reading for any given unit.



Guided reading

  • Consistent strategies for pre, during and post Reading across all subjects.

Vocabulary instruction

  • Knowledge organisers
  • Word of the week
  • Quizzing
  • Morphology and dual coding

Oracy techniques

  • All text read aloud by expert readers – models fluency
  • Choral reading with a ruler / repetition of key vocabulary

Staff CPD – knowledge of reading barriers

  • Inset and CPD Focus for teachers and support staff
  • Developing disciplinary Reading



“Eden is a life-transforming school where we provide the best education for young people who have complex social, emotional and mental health needs.”

Jen Ashworth, Headteacher