Structured after school support and its impact on reading age

Northgate High School will evaluate whether a nine-month reading intervention for disadvantaged pupils in Year 7 improves reading age compared to those pupils who do not follow the after school intervention programme.


Disadvantaged children do not perform as well as their non-disadvantaged peers in KS4. It has been identified that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and all others is evident even when children begin school at age five and grows bigger at every stage of education afterwards, and that support for pupils in general is better integrated and supported in Key Stage 4 than Key Stage 3. To close this gap, a support package for identified pupils would be beneficial as they move through Key Stage 3 which supports them in developing effective learning habits and the ability to read and comprehend written text.


Pupils in receipt of pupil premium whose reading age is assessed to be lower than their chronological age will attend two after-school sessions each week over a period of 25 weeks. Sessions will be in the school library. One session per week will focus on reading and comprehension, and the second session will focus on using reading to support learning in history, geography and science, and developing key study skills. All sessions will be led by teachers and supported by teaching assistants and Year 11/12 ambassadors.


Lead school

  • Northgate High School, Ipswich

Schools Involved

  • Northgate High School, Ipswich.
  • Claydon High School, Suffolk
  • East Bergholt High School, Suffolk
  • Hadleigh High School, Suffolk


  • 15 months – report due September 2019

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