Posted on: March 29th 2018

Paired Reading in Action!



The Paired Reading group meets every Monday and Friday during tutor time in the LRC, where they meet with their personal reading coach. The coaches are all trained literacy leader students. Each leader receives a pack containing a reminder on how to coach, top tips on reading, book review sheets, reading questionnaires and achievement certificates.

Rewards for those taking part in the paired reading sessions are presented during, and at the end of term. This has given everyone involved a sense of achievement and promotes the importance and status of reading within the school.

The student literacy leaders themselves have also benefited in terms of their self-confidence, social skills, ability to discuss books in depth and academic achievement.

‘Bridgemary School makes good use of their school library and the librarian to support literacy work across the whole school. The boost to the pupils reading attainment is very positive with improvements in English.’  

Mrs Sweetenham (School Librarian)                                           


The impact and benefits of the reading scheme:

  • The students Accelerated reading attainment improved by 1 to 3 levels
  • Students took more Accelerated Reader Quizzes
  • Increased confidence and enjoyment of reading
  • Improved attitudes to reading, increasing amount of reading outside school
  • Interaction with a positive peer model (Literacy Leaders)
  • 1 to 1 attention, allowing them to work at their own pace




Well done to Lewis Leatherbarrow for achieving his reading award from Sophie Jones (Literacy Leader Year 10)

‘It has helped me to be more confident when reading out aloud in the class.’                 Lewis Leatherbarrow Year 7

Well done to Elizabete Reimarte-Lozberge for achieving her reading award from Riley Wood (Literacy Lead Year 9)

‘I love reading to my reading buddy, he has helped me to read tricky words.’   Elizabete Reimarte-Lozberge Year 7

Alex Long Year 7 was presented with her reading award from her reading coach Sian Parkins in Year 10.

‘Alex is reading more fluently and can decode tricky reads with confidence. I feel extremely proud of Alex.’