Read Achieve Succeed (RAS) initiative was launched in December 2016. The aim was to raise the profile of reading across the Trust and develop a lifelong love of reading within our children. The initiative also aligned itself with the trust priority to raise the outcomes in reading for all pupils regardless of their need or circumstance.
This initiative is now a commitment within all our Academies who ensure that the vision, strategy and operation of the initiative is communicated effectively to ensure that all children are engaged in this trust wide priority.
The initiative includes various aspects and activities some of which are hightlighted below:
- Pledge to give all children a book of their choice. Each academy to organise an event to celebrate reading and the Read, Achieve, Succeed Initiative. The partnership with Madeline Lindley continues across the Trust they will supply books to children by setting up a bookshop for the day. Social media and the press will be engaged to raise the profile externally.
- CEO Reading — the CEO will read with children on a weekly basis. This is on a rotational basis with one academy per term taking part.
- Author events planned centrally, at least one per term in each hub, with children attending from a range of year groups.
- Reading Volunteers — Commitment to develop an army of reading volunteers. In Oldham, Hulme Grammar School pupils provide students who become reading champions. We would like to develop links with secondary schools across both hubs. Parents and volunteers will also be engaged to ensure pupils are getting the maximum number of opportunities to read widely and often.
- Work with Literacy Trust — Young Readers Programme. These programmes are well established at Westwood and Richmond Academies and the aim is to roll out to other academies across the hubs.