Valued outcomes for children participating in the Reading Together® programme include:

  • Significant and sustained gains in reading comprehension which are over and above the effects of school literacy programmes.
  • Reading with greater understanding, better self-correction and more fluency.
  • Greater willingness and ability to engage in discussion about a range of texts.
  • Improved oral language.
  • More engaged, self-reliant and independent in their reading e.g. reading more frequently, reading on their own, wanting to 'work the words out' themselves, wanting time to 'think'.
  • Less afraid to get things wrong, and more willing to take risks.
  • Developing more positive attitudes towards reading.
  • Improved self-esteem and more confidence in themselves.
  • Improved attitudes and behaviour at home and at school.
  • Enjoying reading 'lots of books' at home, rather than finding reading at home difficult and stressful.
  • Feeling important and special because their parents and teachers are working together to help them, and happy that their parents are coming into school.
  • Using libraries (community and school) more frequently, and accessing the support of librarians.

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