ReadingWise for Secondary Schools

ReadingWise is the ideal solution for secondary schools. Our programmes supporting KS3 and KS4 pupils in England and Wales and S1 to S4 pupils in Scotland.
Our evidence-based reading and literacy intervention programmes deliver impact at scale.

ReadingWise is a complete, evidence-based online literacy intervention solution for secondary schools. Over 300,000 pupils have completed ReadingWise programmes to improve their reading. The robust government-funded evidence demonstrates a reading age increase of over 9 months in 1 term.

A Complete Online Literacy Programme for Secondary Schools

A significant and increasing number of children arrive at secondary school with poor reading. This must be one of the most important things for each secondary to solve. Children with poor reading will not do well in any curriculum area.

Give every child at your secondary school the ability to overcome their reading challenges. Train and empower busy teachers and support staff with a comprehensive literacy solution used effectively in secondaries across the UK. Deliver an evidence-based online programme with modules that cover specific areas of reading - phonics, decoding, comprehension and vocabulary - that consistently make a massive difference to reading and learning outcomes.

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“ReadingWise offers us a way to close the gap as pupils move from primary to secondary, and I think crucially within the school, it offers us a way to close the gap as they progress through the year groups.”
Headteacher, St Ambrose Barlow High School, Salford.

Deeper Dive into the St Ambrose Case Study

Watch this 3-minute film of St Ambrose’s experience now, featuring views from the head, pupils, the SENDCo and the LSAs.

10 Reasons Why Secondary Schools Need a Literacy Intervention Programme

Here are ten reasons why secondary schools need to consider a literacy intervention programme:

  1. Enhancing literacy skills and educational outcomes for every pupil from Year 7 (the start of KS3) through to the GCSEs.
  2. A ReadingWise literacy intervention programme can be tailored to address specific requirements, including for pupils with SEND and EAL needs.
  3. Utilising data and assessment results, the programme can identify students who require additional support and provide targeted literacy interventions.
  4. Implementing a standardised literacy programme can ensure consistency in teaching practices across every age group.
  5. ReadingWise solves the problem for teachers: “Where do I start?”; “How do I create resources to improve literacy?” Our programme takes care of everything.
  6. An online literacy intervention programme can help teachers support parents and guardians too, so that even if a responsible adult can’t effectively support a child, this programme can help.
  7. Pupils who leave school with higher English grades and greater levels of reading fluency earn more. Adults with lower levels of literacy earn 7.1% less than those with a better understanding of reading.
  8. Literacy interventions change lives. In schools (primary and secondary), 20% of children fail to achieve adequate literacy levels before leaving school. This equates to “1 in 6 (16.4%) adults in England are estimated to have very low literacy” (OECD, 2016).
  9. Consequences of this range anywhere from unemployment to falling into criminal activity. According to the World Literacy Foundation, a 2018 study found that “illiteracy is estimated to cost the UK economy approximately £80 billion [per year].”
  10. Tragically, there’s a clear correlation between illiteracy, the ability to find work, and crime. A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) report in 2022 found that “57% of adults in prison in the UK have a reading level below that of an average 11-year-old.”

It’s easy to see how many of life’s rich possibilities are denied to those 20% who struggle to read. We know that without extra support and timely intervention, educational and vocational outcomes for that 20% can be poor.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. We know that, given the right tools, everyone can learn to read. We know that because we have seen it for ourselves.

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