PAIRED READING SCHEME
All S1 pupils are assessed on entry to Balfron High using the Suffolk Reading test and Vernon Spelling Test.
As a result of this assessment some pupils will be offered additional support with reading skills. This may be to support accuracy, speed, comprehension or confidence.
Paired reading is a technique used to develop skills in younger or less fluent readers. An S1/S2 reader is paired with a fluent reader (in this case an S6 volunteer) for one thirty minute session per week. It is based on a multi-sensory, phonics based programme which also includes a high level of over-learning.
The role of the support reader is to listen, encourage, and support the younger reader to attempt unknown words as he/she reads aloud and to check comprehension.
Studies of pupil pairing have shown that reading with peers is more beneficial than reading with a parent or adult.
S6 students involved in the project will be expected to help their partner choose books and keep a joint record of what they have read together. This will require a thirty minute block per week, out of subject classes. The time will be organised so that the same subjects are not targeted too frequently.
It is also essential that pupils on this scheme are supported at home and actively encouraged to develop independent reading.