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Boosting Reading Success

Allerton Grange has run a very successful Boosting Reading @ Secondary programme, by pairing Sixth Form students with younger students. A group of Year 7s attended special reading sessions in the library, three times a week, where the trained Sixth Form reading mentors were on hand to support and encourage them.

The programme, which runs for ten weeks, has been shown to boost students' confidence and enhance decoding skills in reading. in order to become a reading mentor, the Year 12 and 13 students received a full day of training. They have even taken their skills out to local primary schools; Kiera and Amanveer returned to their old primary school, Talbot, whilst George and Raeesah have run sessions at Moor Allerton Hall.

Mr Jude Rivers, Deputy Headteacher at Talbot Primary School said, “This is one of our favourite joint projects with Allerton Grange; our students get so much out of it. Their reading skills have improved rapidly and their confidence has come on leaps and bounds because of the one to one setting.”

One of the many positive aspects of Allerton Grange’s reading programme has been that our younger students have benefited from the interaction with the older students. In addition, the sixth formers have been able to give something back to the community, whilst building up skills to enhance their CVs and applications for further education.

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