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Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that allows us to communicate effectively and make sense of the world. At Mark Rutherford School we believe that reading is the basis for gaining academic success within every subject. If a student doesn’t read widely and fluently then their learning opportunities can be limited.

When Renaissance Learning conducted a survey involving over 24,500 Year 10 and 11 students across the United Kingdom, they discovered their actual reading ages were on average at least five years below their chronological ages. The average reading age needed to fully access a GCSE exam paper is 15 years and 7 months, meaning that students were unable to fully access their GCSEs.

At Mark Rutherford School we are keen to encourage every student to be a confident, proficient reader, but most importantly, we want our students to enjoy reading. Please take a look through our ‘in this section’ on the right-hand side to explore the steps that we are taking to support our students with their literacy.