Published in August 2018
This month our Lexia Star User is All Saints C of E Infant School, Huthwaite. We spoke with Lynette Hardwick, Head of School, to discuss why they love Lexia and how they have implemented it so successfully in school.
Can you provide a general overview of how you use Lexia?
When our teachers are delivering guided reading with a small group, another group completes a comprehension activity linked to their guided reading book and the rest of the children access Lexia with the support and supervision of a teaching assistant. On Fridays if the children who are identified as ‘struggling with an element of the program they will receive extra boosting from the teaching assistant. This has enabled all the children to access 60 minutes usage per week.
Have you noticed a positive impact on students?
Most certainly. Most of the children are very motivated to work through the levels and compete against one another comparing who is on what level. However, Lexia is only as successful as you promote it like any other program. If a teacher or teaching assistant does not take an interest or promotes it then the impetus decreases.
Have you implemented any special sort of rewards system in school when pupils progress on Lexia?
During Celebration Worship, certificates are printed off and the child is asked to stand up, the level that has been achieved is announced and the whole school and parents/carers clap them for their achievement. We have Celebrate Worships every Friday morning.
How useful have you found the Lexia reports in terms of demonstrating progression and informing planning?
The reports are an instant visual for progress from where the children started to where they are now. Seeing the visual graphs to show how the children have progressed is really useful. The parent reports are really useful, a request would be that you can print off Polish reports as well as English and Spanish.
Please provide some personal comments on why you feel Lexia is successful in your school.
One of the biggest drivers is that the children know straight away when they have achieved. The program is personalised to each individual and this has really stretched some of our more able readers. The teacher resources and reports are easy to populate and analyse. Lexia has also allowed our children to work independently and peer collaboratively.