“Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child.”
(Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2002)
Reading for pleasure is an important aspect of a student’s development. It helps with reading fluency, comprehension and writing skills but the positive effects also reach across the curriculum: helping students with problem solving skills, improving general knowledge, increasing empathy and greater understanding of other cultures. “‘Those who read a lot will enhance their verbal intelligence’ Or ‘reading will make them smarter,’” (Cunningham and Stanovich, 1998).
Extra-curricular groups that help promote reading include a Staff Reading Group, two KS3 reading groups that complete reading challenges and ‘shadow’ book competitions such as the CILIP Carnegie Medal and Red House Book Awards and a reading group for Years 10/11 to encourage students to read challenging literature.
“Drop Everything and Read” – reading once a week in tutor time promotes the importance of reading regularly.