School programme to lift literacy

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Last updated 05:00 06/08/2014
St Mary’s Diocesan School
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ACING READING: St Mary’s Diocesan School students Hope Baker, 14, left, with Annalise Linders, 13, are taking part in an accelerated reading pilot programme rolled out by the Ministry of Education.

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An online educational experiment is taking place in classrooms in Stratford.

St Mary's Diocesan School is trialling a 10-week accelerated reading pilot programme designed to increase students' literacy levels.

If it proves successful, the Ministry of Education programme will be rolled out nationwide.

The Year 9 students are being tested on their comprehension skills, understanding of words and their meanings, and their ability to identify main ideas within a text.

Teacher Caroline Gonouya said the programme allows teachers to assess the gaps in their students' reading abilities.

It was important students received a strong foundation in reading as it was something "one did for the rest of their life", she said.

Principal Fiona Green believed this was the first ministry project the school has done.

She said the school was always keen to try new things that would make a difference in students' lives.

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