At The Hart School, we aim to foster a love of reading to develop students who love to read, and are confident and fluent when reading a range of different types of texts. They are articulate and eloquent in their speaking and writing.​

Our literacy strategy comprises of four key and inextricably linked strands:

  • Promote a love of reading for pleasure​ across the whole school
  • Develop students’ reading skills across a range of text types and styles through the embedding of reading within the academic curriculum
  • Develop the cultural capital of students through the explicit teaching of vocabulary
  • Develop the writing skills of students and supporting them with extended pieces of writing across all the different curriculum areas

Why is Reading Important?

  1. It exercises your brain.
  2. It provides knowledge and information about the wider world, supporting students’ development and contribution to society.
  3. It reduces stress and improves students’ moods.
  4. It improves focus and concentration.
  5. It helps to develop creativity.
  6. It enriches your language, vocabulary and ability to write expressively.
  7. It increases your ability to empathise with others.
  8. It helps you to reflect.
  9. It is the best form of entertainment….and it is free!

Good readers will deploy several strategies:

  • Activate prior knowledge about a subject
  • Read with fluency and confidence
  • Read with expression
  • Predict
  • Question
  • Clarify
  • Summarise

Through the reading we do with our students at The Hart School, whether as part of the Register and Read programme or as part of the academic curriculum, we seek to develop these reading strategies with our students.

Strategies to Support Reading at The Hart School

Staff Professional DevelopmentThe Academic Reading CurriculumRegister and Read
We provide ongoing professional development for teaching and support staff to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to support students in becoming accomplished readers.Across the curriculum, we ensure that students are exposed to a wide range of academic literature and support students in their understanding of these complex academic texts.We are very proud of our Register and Read programme in the school, in which tutors read with their students during tutor time for a minimum of 60 minutes per week. Students and tutors read the same book, with tutors modelling pronunciation, fluency and prosodic features.
Targeted InterventionThe Library
Using reading age assessment data, we provide targeted intervention for students who require additional support to enable them to access the full curriculum.Our library provides a wealth of reading resources within the heart of the school. Through the library, we develop students’ love of reading through providing a wide range of diverse literature and book clubs.