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  • Delegate credit to teachers. Admin accounts can set teachers a credit limit so you can budget for this study. Teachers won’t actually need much of a limit as most book short rentals are under £1.
  • Train teachers. so they know how to approve students’ book requests and annotate books effectively.
  • Select your students by creating suitable groups. Shireland focused on their transition Yr6 students.


1. Encourage the concept of reading for pleasure anytime, anywhere  





2. Send out logins and show students how to choose and request books

  • Send students their logins. They no doubt discover the offline apps for themselves. This email template will help you do that quickly.
  • Show students how they can combine search keywords and left hand filters in RM Books to find books that interest them. Show students how to filter on interest age, read the publisher’s description and preview the first few pages of a book to be confident their chosen book is at the right level for them.Step through requesting a book, showing the students your screen so they can see how easily you can grant those requests.
  • Show students how to look-up all words they don’t understand using the built-in dictionary.
  • You can see students’ book requests by logging in to RM Books and checking the number next to “Book requests” at the top left within “My links”. Click “Book requests” to see the requested books. Click the “View request” button to see which students have requested each book.
  • Grant a student’s request by then clicking “Allocate” > “Individual person”, start typing the student’s name and select them from the drop-down menu.Choose “Rental” and pick the appropriate time period from the drop-down menu, typically 7 or 30 days. Click “Allocate now” and “Confirm allocation”, then your student will have the book to read.
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3. Choose a wide range of titles for students of all abilities to go into the school library


  • You can use keywords and left hand filters to investigate appropriate titles that can be included in the virtual school library. It is important to include a wide range of titles to cater for students of differing reading abilities.
  • When you discover a suitable title and have previewed the book, click on “Allocate” > “School library”.You can decide upon the number of copies to be included, the rental period (usually 365 days) and the loan period. As soon as you click “Allocate now” the title will be included in the school library.
  • When books are placed in the school library, students have the ability to borrow titles quickly and efficiently. If they select “School library” they will be able to browse through the available titles and use the filters to select appropriate books. When they have found a title that interests them, they just need to click “Borrow”.A “Thank you” message will appear which highlights when the loan expires.
  • The book will then appear in the students “My books” area and they can begin to read immediately.Students can access the school library even after school is closed! Little Aston promotes RM Books through their after-school club, which runs until six o’clock every evening. A number of children say they are really enjoying relaxing after school and going onto the online library.
  • If a particular title is not for them, they can very easily return the book to the school library and find something more appropriate.
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4. Enable students to become discriminating critics, recommending books to others

  • To extend literacy skills even further, you could get students to write a book review and recommend titles to others.
  • At Little Aston, pupils are not only reading more widely and in more places, they’re becoming skilled reviewers, recommending books to their friends via Little Aston’s blog.


“I just read a book called ‘Pirate Planet’ it is by Roger Hush and Jane AC West. My favourite bit was when Wanda saved Jack and Captain T Underpants from a shark!”


5. Assess the amount of reading taking place at both school and at home

  • You can easily monitor which students are reading which books and for how long using the “Reports” section of RM Books. Choose “Users” and select your students to see a breakdown. Optionally, if you’ve added these students to a differentiated reading Group, selecting that group will speed-up finding students. You can export this reading data for your records.
  • This usage reporting is only visible to teachers. You could choose to show students you have these screens and use the data with students in one-to-one discussions or make a fun competition out of the reading stats.


“We wanted to encourage the children to read more widely outside of school. That’s where RM Books came into play.”
Elizabeth Pearce, Headteacher, Little Aston Primary School

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