PDST WELLREAD NATIONAL AWARD

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

How many improvements do we need to make?

 

At least one improvement has to be made for each review area, (Step 3 of The Process), but thereafter it is very difficult to be prescriptive. Schools need to assess their own needs for each of the review areas and to look at the support that is available to them to make improvements. The improvements that a school proposes to implement should of course take into consideration school context.  The strength of school provision prior to the review will also determine the number and type of improvements expected by the screening committee. All improvements must be tangible and result in a visible improvement for the students and school community.

 

If I work in a Special School, is my school subject to the same expectations as mainstream schools?

 

Each school will be considered according to its context and its initial starting point.

 

What type of improvements have other schools put in place?

 

Since Wellread commenced, schools have established the following range of initiatives/ activities:

 

  • Student- Teacher book groups

  • Established reading spaces

  • Made links with local libraries

  • Engaged with One Book, One Community

  • Established ‘Book Weeks’

  • DEAR

  • Implemented paired reading

  • Make links with local primary schools

  • Arranged for authors to visit schools

  • Dress up as favourite character

 

You can check out what schools are doing by following us on Twitter @LiteracyLink1 #PDSTwellread and you can also find further ideas in the presentations in the Resources for Schools section.

 

 

Do we submit our planned improvements to the Wellread office for approval?

 

No. This is a self-review process. Schools decide upon the improvements that are possible and that will have a positive and tangible effect on their school community and then set about their implementation. Wellread applications should only be submitted at the point in time when all the planned actions and initiatives have been put in place/completed.

 

What do I need to include in the portfolio?

 

The purpose of the portfolio is to demonstrate the journey that your school has taken with regards to becoming a Wellread school. As such, it should demonstrate the involvement of the whole school community, including students, teachers, parents and the local community. This would be evidenced in a period of sustained promotion and development of reading for pleasure across the entire school and involving the whole school community. The portfolio can be presented as a PowerPoint, Prezi, Animoto, Photo story or viewed on the school website. This is entirely up to the school.  The portfolio could include photographs (activities, displays etc.), video, testimonials, interviews, vox pop, etc. This list is by no means exhaustive and please feel free to be as creative as you would like.

 

If I registered my school in 2015 and we decided to take more time before submitting our portfolio for award, do we have to register and how long do we have to submit our portfolio?

If you registered in 2015, you have until May 2018 to either submit your portfolio or reregister