This classroom programme helps to move all children on in their reading. It is delivered initially to Year 1, then introduced into Reception and for the lowest attaining children in Year 2 for maximum impact across the school. It helps children make accelerated progress by working in a coherent and systematic way. Children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups matched to their independent reading level, led by a trained adult.
Adults use differentiated lesson guides to move children on and make sound judgements about when to do so. This method has a proven track record of success in raising school reading standards at KS1.
The programme includes:
- a half-day training session for all staff who will be working with children (or whole-school training)
- one training session for the Project Co-ordinator to support implementation and a follow up review session
- programme materials to structure independent sessions with daily reading groups
At Key Stage 2, Hackney is ranked in the top 10 local authorities nationally for % of pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths and percentage of children reaching a higher standard
"14 schools who were part of an independent two year evaluation of DSR from 2013–2015, and who implemented the programme as designed, achieved their highest outcomes ever for children achieving level 2b plus. The average increase in reading outcomes across this cohort was 11.3%."
Karen Jaeggi, National Leader for Education, National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)