Reading is important for pupils in so many ways. At DECS reading is seen as ‘first amongst equals’ as we understand all other subjects rely on strong, academic reading. Increased fluency and comprehension have been linked to higher outcomes, increased earning potential, and even improved health. This is why pupils are encouraged to read every day at DECS, which is reflected in our whole school strategy being called ‘Read to Succeed’
DEC are very proud of all of the work that we are doing to support with reading. In February, we hosted a book fair in the library and were delighted by how many pupils took the opportunity to visit the book fair and buy themselves their next read. Every week, pupils have time in form set aside to read as part of our Read to Succeed programme where the focus is on developing reading fluency and comprehension as well as the love of reading through carefully chosen class texts. We are also very proud of our Year 10 students who have demonstrated amazing student leadership in volunteering to be our DEC reading ambassadors who support paired reading in the library during form time and are helping to support the whole school culture of reading at DEC.