"Reading is a ladder out of poverty. It is probably one of the best anti-poverty, anti-deprivation, anti-crime, anti-vandalism policies you can think of."
The number of young people who enjoy reading has remained stubbornly low for the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Literacy Trust only 22% of children aged between 8 and 16 say that they enjoy reading. This is a real cause for concern. Studies show that reading a variety of literature independently by the age of 15 is the single biggest indicator of future success, outweighing negative factors such as socioeconomic background or family situation.
At The Farnley Academy, we are committed to ensuring that all of our young people have high aspirations and are fully prepared to be effective citizens in the 21st century. This includes the skill of being a highly proficient reader able to access and make sense of a wealth of information on offer.
To help us make good on this commitment, the Academy has invested in Accelerated Reader, a computer programme designed to promote reading for pleasure and encourage students to use reading to learn. Accelerated Reader has a proven track record of raising literacy standards amongst school-aged students and is widely used in both the primary and secondary sectors. What makes this programme so motivational for young people is its capacity to diagnose problems and direct on-going reading practice through over 20,000 motivational quizzes on popular fiction and non-fiction titles.
Did you know?
Fewer than half of 8 to 16 year-olds have read a book in the last month.
49% of children and young people think that reading is boring.
Children who enjoy reading very much are five times more likely to be above average readers.