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Literacy intervention

Statement of Intent:

At Kettering Science Academy (KSA) we are fervent advocates of the empowering potential of literacy for all of our students, whatever their starting point. Being able to read fluently, write and speak and listen at an age appropriate level is fundamental in allowing our students to grow and thrive and a key component in our curriculum commitment to learners at KSA. We firmly believe that ‘Every member of staff is a Teacher of Literacy’ and this is a fundamental thread in our development of teaching and learning as we move through 2020 and beyond.

We will provide all students the knowledge of phonics to read fluently and at an age appropriate level. We will support all students to have the strength to read a wide range of challenging texts, both fiction and non-fiction. All students will have the ambition to read widely and often, recognising reading as a key skill to enable success in adulthood.


YR7 Entry testing, CAT4 and GL Assessment: NGRT & NGST are used to assess students starting points.  Students with a standardised score of 75 or below are invited to take part in our extra literacy curriculum. Those students who fall in the range of 75-85 standardised score may be invited to take part in targeted literacy intervention.

Accelerated Reader:

This year we have introduced Accelerated Reader. This program is where a student reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Together with Star Reading and myON by Renaissance, it forms a complete reading practice and assessment solution for students of all ages and abilities. At KSA all year 7 students and selected students in Year 8 and 9 will take part in the Accelerated Reader programme.

The Star Reading tests create a comprehensive set of reports and reveal how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well students have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.

Fresh Start:

In autumn 2021 we launched a new literacy intervention programme for Key Stage 3 students who need the most support with their reading: ‘Fresh Start’ created by Ruth Miskin.

Fresh Start is an intervention programme for Secondary students, developed by Ruth Miskin to follow on from the Primary programme ‘Read, Write, Inc.’, which your child may have been taught in their younger school years.

Using the techniques and knowledge that your child may have already acquired, the Fresh Start programme develops literacy skills further, whilst engaging your child in a fun and fast-paced daily 30-minute lesson.

After an initial placement test, students are placed in groups of no more than seven students; this allows for excellent small-group teaching, where they can feel safe and secure to enjoy the Fresh Start experience. Students build upon their knowledge and develop their literacy skills.

During the sessions, students will work through the Fresh Start system, increasing their bank of sounds and the different options for spelling those sounds. This is done by learning helpful phrases and colourful pictures, which help to recall the correct spelling option.

Within the session, students will also work through modules that relate to, and build upon the sounds previously learnt. The modules also help the students by improving their reading and comprehension skills.

Students will also use a collection of Anthologies that contain both factual and fictional articles. Students may read through these in class, but we would also like to encourage the reading of the Anthologies at home; this should be on a daily basis and Parents/Carers will receive a daily message with clear instructions of what needs to be read and when. By reading at home, this will reinforce the learning that has taken place in school, and also encourage your children to read to you, but also enjoy the reading experience and not see it as a chore.

The English language is one of the hardest and most complex languages to learn. The English alphabet contains 26 letters, made of 5 vowels and 21 consonants. These letters make 44 sounds, using one of 108 different letter combinations. For example:

ay, a-e, ai, a

ee, e-e, y, ea, e

igh, i-e, ie, i, y

j, g, ge, dge

By completing the Fresh Start programme, your child will find it easier to remember which the correct spelling choice for a particular sound is.

If you have any questions regarding the Fresh Start programme, please do not hesitate to contact one of the following members of staff on their email address below; George Lewis, Claire Siddall & Karen Docherty.