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L is for Literacy

Literacy matters at Walthamstow Academy and research has shown us time and time again that being proficient in literacy is crucial in enabling students to fulfil their potential and be their best.

We have a strong culture of reading in school and expect all students to carry a book as part of their every-day equipment. Students are expected to read at home for at least twenty minutes each day. Reading also takes place in tutor time and in English lessons each week.

Literacy Intervention is delivered to students who are not making expected progress in English and have a significantly low reading age. Students receive targeted intervention in order to accelerate their progress. As part of this, we deliver a range of programmes in order to support students’ specific needs. These include: DFES Progress Units, The Lit Programme, various other reading and writing programmes, Lexia as well as Accelerated Reader for all students at KS3.

For more advice on how parents can support their child, please click here.


Lexia offers students the support they need to become successful readers. Students work independently in the online activities, which provide: explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, systematic phonics instruction, methods to improve fluency and ways to enhance comprehension. We encourage students to use Lexia for at least ninety minutes per week. Students can access the site at school as well as from home.

If you have been told by the school to use Lexia, you can download the software from the Lexia website.

You can access Lexia Strategies by clicking here


You can access Lexia Core 5 by clicking here


The Accelerated Reader is a computer managed reading program. The children choose an Accelerated Reader book. After they read it, they take a short multiple choice question test on the computer. The computer scores the test and awards points to the student based on their performance.

AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.


Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.


Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.

Each KS3 student at Walthamstow Academy has a log in for Accelerated Reader and is expected to go online at https://ukhosted21.renlearn.co.uk/2243311/ to quiz regularly, therefore showing that they are reading independently for at least twenty minutes a day.

Students are given form and individual prizes in order to encourage them to read as much as possible.

For parent FAQs, see this link: http://doc.renlearn.com/KMNet/R003985016GG79F2.pdf

If students have any problems with their Accelerated Reader account, they should speak to their English teacher or Miss Perkins, Literacy Coordinator at Walthamstow Academy.


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