A specialist SEN school for secondary aged boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs

At LWS, we recognise the importance of becoming a confident and able reader, and as such we have placed great emphasis on reading in our curriculum. We have dedicated time for whole school reading each week, where students can work in classes, small groups or independently settle down to read for enjoyment. In addition, Key Stage 3 classes have dedicated an extra reading lesson each week where they can focus on developing an interest in and enjoyment for reading. 


For those students who may require additional support to develop reading skills, they will be offered interventions on a 1-1 or small group basis. 


Subject teachers carefully plan reading opportunities into their lessons for all students and these are differentiated using a range of strategies to promote accessibility and comprehension. As a school, we frequently use Widgit Online and other Primary strategies to support our students in developing their reading skills. Our staff team work closely with specialist colleagues within the GFM Trust to improve our understanding of how best to support weaker readers to develop their confidence in reading. 


Each student is assessed termly to ascertain their reading age and this helps us to celebrate progress and to further support those students who require additional support. We make use of several reading assessment resources including the online platform Star Reader and Toe by Toe, which is specially designed for those with dyslexia. 


Regularly assessing reading ages, enables us to accurately report progress through the EHCP review process. To recognise the importance of reading to our students, for their efforts and hard work are rewarded through the use of Vivos and through Student of the Week.

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  • LWS Academy, Montefiore Drive, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7NL
  • 01489 582684
  • enquiries@lws.gfmat.org

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