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Tutor Reads

Tutor Reads

Our Tutor Reading Programme, launched in September 2023, runs for 3 days a week during Tutor Time. This programme is for all students in Years 7-11, enabling them to access a broad range of reading material, irrespective of their own reading level. It is organised by the school librarian.

We believe it is important for our students to engage with the work of a range of authors to glimpse the times they were writing in, and about, and to experience the depth and complexity of our language. The Tutor Read programme is designed to promote reading for pleasure and to enable students to develop their reading skills.

The initial title selection was based a selection chosen by the English Team with awareness of the topics in the PSHE programme, current issues and the interests of our pupils.  The list will be reviewed annually, in light of student and teacher feedback, and changes made to ensure the programme is refreshed and relevant. In some year groups this means a title is simply replaced, in others additional titles may be included. There are currently 35 books available across the programme.

The programme has the following key principles that are based on the latest research into reading strategies:

  • There are at least 10 titles allocated to each year group (see the lists and overviews of each book below) and tutors will aim to read as many as possible over the course of the year. A student joining in Year 7 should have read over 2 million words by the end of year 11.
  • Reading takes place during registration/tutor time on three days of the week, lasting approximately 20 minutes each day.
  • The tutor always reads to the students. This means that students have access to texts which they may have been prevented from attempting due to concerns about their accessibility. Tutors are able to model key aspects of reading, such as pace, pausing, tone and expression.
  • All students are expected to follow the reading, line by line. Bookmarks are provided.

The chase 200The titles offered have been carefully selected to ensure that the range of narratives available address age-appropriate themes, but offer a high degree of challenge both in the language used and the topics discussed. The tutor is able to explain meaning and explore any issues arising from the text.

We are dedicated to ensuring that progress is made at every stage of your child’s learning journey, and are confident that the Tutor Reading Programme provides ample opportunities to support every student as they travel that road.

We suggest that parents regularly engage with their child about the books they are reading. The list of books that students will encounter in each Year is printed below.

See below the list of books available for Tutor Reads for each year group.

Treasure Island Abridged by Robert Louis Stevenson

Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

Stand Up, Ferran Burke by Steven Camden

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Black and British by David Olusoga

Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Itch by Simon Mayo

Sumitra’s Story by Rukshana Smith

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Tins by Alex Shearer

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C G Drews

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

Every Day by David Levithan

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Over to You by Roald Dahl

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

It's Trevor Noah by Trevor Noah

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Junk by Melvin Burgess

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly

We are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler