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Reading Scheme with Springhill Catholic Primary School, Southampton

The Reading Scheme is a project whereby students from Years 10, 11 and 12 travel to a local primary school to read one-to-one with Y1 students who have been identified as requiring extra support with their literacy.


The aim of the project is two-fold; firstly to enable our students to develop their leadership and communication skills and be involved in a project within the local community. The project is also intended to help support literacy in the primary school and aims to improve confidence and reading skills amongst the primary students involved.    


This partnership project was established two years ago.    


This project requires only limited resources. To fit with the timings of the school day, the project runs during the KES school lunch hour, which is the start of afternoon lessons in the primary school.  As a result, KES students travel by minibus to Springhill and they read with the students in their school. A member of teaching staff accompanies the students every week during the Autumn and Spring terms. No direct costs are incurred beyond the provision of a packed lunch for the KES students and the cost of the minibus.    


Qualitative assessment is collected from the Head of Year at Springhill School.  She reports on the efficacy of the project.    

Pupil Involvement

Thirty students from Year 10, 11 and 12 at KES read with the Year 1 primary school children.     


This activity is run weekly for two terms each year and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.