St Paul's CE Primary School is situated next to Primrose Hill Park in the London Borough of Camden. It is a popular and oversubscribed, one form entry, primary school with a current roll of 210 children.
A key focus for staff at St Paul’s is to progress their children to the next level, with some reaching level 6 in Literacy before leaving primary school. As the number of students in this gifted cohort varies each year, it is a challenge for St Paul’s to provide relevant engaging resources for these students in the appropriate quantities.
Simon Knowles, Executive Headteacher is extremely passionate about both the use of IT technology and the enjoyment of reading. So joining his two passions with an ebook solution seemed like a natural next step. When looking at the solutions available Simon was keen he found something that was flexible to support their need to provide current books, spanning a range of abilities. RM Books with its short term rental options met his needs perfectly.
The school already had a strong reading culture, but the students tended to stick to books they knew. RM Books has given them access to books from a wide range of genres, and a more rounded reading experience.
I want to stretch my more able students using ICT.
As RM Books can be accessed anytime, anywhere students are also able to continue reading from home. Students in Year 6 are set homework through RM Books along with a set of comprehension questions to test their understanding. Reading records are updated based on the RM Books reporting system, which allows teachers to see how long the children have been reading for and how many pages have been read over set time periods. The teachers are finding that the more information they have on the students’ reading habits, the better they are able to track their reading level and push them to the next.
The students themselves have also expressed a keen interest in RM Books. They are now reading from computers in class, something they already did at home.
I love reading on the computer as I use one at home, it’s what I’m used to.
Although in its early stages, the use of RM Books is already having a positive impact at St Paul’s. The real test will be the children’s attainment levels at the end of the year. The school have tracked students’ levels prior to using RM Books and are confident that they will find uplift on the expected level of achievement.
We have been extremely happy with the introduction of RM Books. It has given my teachers access to a wider range of books than we could previously have imagined. This has enabled them to provide inspiring, relevant content which is encouraging our children to read more regularly.
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