On Friday 11 November 2016, I had the privilege of visiting Oasis Academy Aspinal, and presenting the first One Education Reading Award to the adults and children within the school.
Last academic year, Rachel Hughes (Literacy Leader) contacted One Education regarding the award; we worked together to improve elements of decoding, understanding and reading for enjoyment. Rachel continued to drive the changes forward, and everyone within the school embraced improving their reading curriculum. The school has considered the way in which they teach phonics and guided reading. They have also introduced many ways of promoting reading for pleasure, involved parents and, despite the 2015-2016 Reading results for the KS2 SATs being much lower across the county than usual, Oasis Aspinal achieved a staggering 91% in their KS2 reading SATs.
Why strive for the One Education Reading Award?
The One Education Reading Award helps schools to focus on reading and allows schools to gain a quality mark that shows parents, the local community and the wider public the importance that they give to reading. One of the most important parts of the award is encouraging reading for enjoyment, so that more children have the opportunity to develop a life-long love of reading. A recent study by the National Literacy Trust said that although 66.4% of children and young people in Manchester say that they enjoy reading, only 38.7% of children and young people in Manchester read daily outside of class. We need to increase both the amount of children who enjoy reading, and the amount of children who read outside of the classroom. We need to inspire children to appreciate that the ability to read is a gift. We need to encourage them to use their gift and, above all, to acknowledge that it is ok to be seen reading.
Showcasing your commitment to reading
On achieving the award, schools will receive a plaque and also the logo which can be used on school publications and letters. There is also the option to become a flagship Reading Award School for those within the area that are working towards achieving the standard. Read more about the award here.
A huge congratulations to all at Oasis Academy Aspinal and well done for all your hard work. We currently have many schools taking part and look forward to announcing those who achieve the Reading Award later on in the academic year.