National recognition for reading and writing scheme

St George's Lower
St George's Lower

St George’s Lower School is building on its OfSted ‘Good’ grade and is gaining a growing reputation with its scheme of work to ensure the children become able and confident readers and writers.

The Leighton school has used the Read, Write Inc scheme for several years now and is finally getting recognition nationally for its achievements.

St George’s hosted a Read Write Inc conference on Tuesday, February 3 which was attended by almost 40 people from 25 schools. The delegates included headteachers and leaders of literacy and phonics programmes from schools within the region and as far away as Oxfordshire. They came to the school to see just how well the literacy scheme is now embedded into the curriculum and to see the fantastic successes the school is currently enjoying.

St George’s assistant headteacher Ted Edwards welcomed the visitors and proudly informed everybody how impressive the school has been with the programme. Reading results in 2014 were well above the national average and the staff and children are incredibly proud of these results.

Emma Ravilious, the school’s in-house leader of Read, Write Inc explained how the school delivered the reading and writing curriculum across the school and proudly shared their successes over the past few years.

Her dedicated time in assessing the children and instigating specific intervention is one of the main reasons that the school is achieving great results.

The children begin learning phonics within small groups in Reception and it is this small group mentality that helps the children gain confidence and begin reading to such a high level at such an early age.

Intervention programmes are installed early and the staff are aware of the progress of the children and any additional support required.

St George’s has been identified nationally as one of only 20 ‘badge’ schools, which is essentially a Centre of Excellence Read Write Inc School for the successful running of the programme.