Published in June 2018
Wearhead Primary School, County Durham are this months Lexia Star User. Karen Evans, Headteacher, tells us why they love Lexia!
Have you noticed a positive impact on students? For example, changes to their motivation to succeed in literacy and how are they responding to their own progression through the Lexia Levels?
From the start of the trial, the children became hooked into Lexia very quickly loving the fact that they were finding out lots of interesting facts as well as trying to beat their own scores in some of the activities. It has been wonderful to hear the children give out incidental information within literacy lessons that they have gleaned from Lexia! All children who are working on the program are exceedingly motivated to try their best and succeed.
Have you implemented any special sort of rewards system in school when pupils progress on Lexia?
We have started to give out their level completion certificates in assembly – however, the thing we don’t do is actually state which level the children have achieved as we do have a significant proportion of children who are working on very low levels.
How useful have you found the Lexia reports in terms of demonstrating progression and informing planning?
The reports are very clear and show busy teachers at a glance how individual children are doing, and how they are doing against others in their year group. We particularly like the way you can set up specific groups for the children to be in so that we can target them. For example, we have set up a specific intervention group and we can see how they are making fairy footsteps of progress. However, as our school is a one class infant and a one class junior school when we set up groups, we are not using children in one particular year group – as we teach in LKS2 and UKS2 mixed groupings. We might have children who are in Y3/4 or indeed Y5/6. Therefore, it would be very helpful if Lexia gave us the flexibility to state that these children were LKS2 or UKS1 or indeed a cross phase of KS1 and KS2. At the moment for these groups we are clicking OTHER.
Please provide some personal comments on why you feel Lexia is successful in your school.
Lexia works in our school because it ticks all the boxes we want from a reading program. It works because it is easy to set up, easy to run and above all very easy to access. It is an extremely powerful tool and we are seeing superb results with it already. However, the main reason it is so successful is that we are all on board as a staff and we have just run with it.