Getting started with Tutor Time Reading

Running a Tutor Time Reading programme in school provides support for readers across all year groups, promoting whole-school literacy and encouraging reading for pleasure.

Schools running Tutor Time Reading programmes schedule in regular 20-minute sessions during which form tutors read a book aloud whilst each student in the form uses a bookmark or ruler to follow along in their own copy of the book. In this way, tutors are able to model fluent and expressive reading whilst highlighting difficult language to close the vocabulary gap and expose students to high-level words.

Literacy Coordinator and English teacher Megan Nee observes that “We need to make it structured, habitual and routine, and develop a consciousness that culturally all teachers are responsible for improving literacy rates. In our secondary schools, we have pockets of students who are not at their chronological reading age, and in some cases years below where they should be. More and more Year 7 children are not secondary-ready having made the transition from primary, and Tutor Time Reading gives them extra reading support which is mutually enjoyable for both students and tutors.”

You can read more about Megan’s experiences in our blog post on setting up a trust-wide Tutor Time Reading programme. Our case study from the Greenshaw Learning Trust also provides useful information on implementing Tutor Time Reading successfully in school.

When establishing a Tutor Time Reading programme in your school it’s important to select books that will engage pupils of varying reading ability and inclination, and this is where we can help by:

    • Recommending the best books for each year group.
    • Providing an easy way to order additional books for school using our quote builder.
    • Offering free next-day delivery of all in-stock titles, in a single shipment*.
    • Pre-fitting every book you buy with a free plastic jacket. 

    If you are planning to set up a Tutor Time Reading programme at your school, you can contact our friendly Customer Service team at any time to ask for advice and a quote on getting your classrooms stocked and ready to go.

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