The new DfE Reading Framework came out in July 2023 and reading remains top of the agenda for many primary schools. Thankfully due to edtech there are now a myriad of solutions that can help improve reading in KS1 and KS2. It is no longer just about picking a reading scheme. Whether you are a Biff and Chip fan or long for the days of Roger Red Hat and Billy Blue Hat a reading scheme is just one part of improving reading for primary school aged children. A good list of all the reading schemes that are available can be seen here.
The DfE Reading Framework identifies several factors that can impact on reading attainment levels for primary aged children. It look at the use of language; if children are struggling with their vocabulary, that in turn will make it difficult for them to read words. It also looks at the importance of reading out loud to help children develop their reading skills. Another key area it considers is that children should be reading for pleasure. In an increasingly technological environment with the omnipresence of screens this can be difficult. Fortunately there are now companies out there who have books online and have designed interfaces to encourage children to read more.
I you are looking for ways to improve reading in your primary school please do get in touch. We work with a number of edtech suppliers who have innovative products to help children improve their reading at a primary school age. These companies often showcase at our popular supplier showcases. So if you are a Headteacher, Deputy or Assistant Head in a primary school please head over to our events page to sign up to a session - what's more you will also get a £40 Amazon voucher for giving feedback.
If you would like us to recommend companies that might be able to help with your literacy please do let us know. We take NO COMMISSION and only recommend products that have been recommended to us by other primary school Heads, whether it be literacy, maths, PE, wellbeing or other curriculum resources. We also hold some bespoke sessions with companies where we deep dive into their product. If you are interested in learning more about how your school could improve reading amongst KS1 and KS2 children please do drop us an email and we would be happy to recommend relevant products. We may also have a market research opportunity where by we pay you for feeding back on certain products.
In the current day and age choosing the right way to increase reading amongst your children is difficult as there is so much choice. We work with 100s of edtech resources so can signpost you to a useful resource for you to peruse at your leisure. For free impartial advice please do drop us an email - we'd love to help. Or sign up to one of our events to get some inspiration as to how we can help your primary school.