Our Reading Strategy

Here at Saltley Academy, we are firmly committed to developing our students reading skills both at school and at home. Some of the key planks of our reading strategy include;

At school;

  1. LRC - Our LRC is opened for our students to read during the school day. Our LRC is open during both lunch breaks and after school (as part of our homework club), in order to allow students to read for pleasure.
  2. Teacher Read Posters - Our staff promote the importance of reading to the students through displaying their Teacher Read Posters on their classroom doors or on their offices, where appropriate. Every member of staff has completed the Teacher Read template, by answering three basic questions on the latest book that they are reading, along with an image. 
  3. Accelerated Reader programme - Our Year 7 and 8 students participate in the Accelerated Reader programme with STAR TESTING, in their English lessons. Students in Year 7 and 8 have Accelerated Reader lessons once a fortnight during English Curriculum time. Students then complete STAR TESTING once a half term. Interventions are then carried out afterwards to enable all students to catch up. Reports are then generated for each class and shared with English Department teachers. Letters go home to parents/carers with regards to how their child has performed in the STAR TESTING for that half term. 
  4. Literacy Form Time Sessions - Literacy Form Time Sessions take place once a week during morning registration. Each literacy session has reading extracts/reading activities incorporated into the literacy sessions and based on the literacy focused days themes, as set out on the Literacy Across the Curriculum Learning Journey for KS3 and KS4. 

At home;

  1. Homework - Subject specific and relevant reading and comprehension homework tasks incorporated into the Year 7-11 Homework planners, where appropriate.
  2. Online Library - We have our own Saltley Academy Online Library, which enables students to access both eBooks and Audio Books and read/listen to them at home. 
  3. Reading Lists - There are age appropriate School Reading Lists, which provide guidance on the age appropriate books that parents can purchase their children to read. 

Online Library

Click here to access Saltley Academy's Online Library -

Year 7-11 Reading Lists from the School Reading List:


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@saltleyacademy - 29 Apr
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@saltleyacademy - 28 Apr
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