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Stanton Community Primary School pupil, Connor, recognised for improvements in reading skills




After striving to improve his reading skills, a primary school pupil in Suffolk has been recognised for his efforts by his teacher.

Connor Carter, 9, is dyslexic and disliked reading, but after a new online programme was introduced by his teachers at Stanton Community Primary School, he saw an improvement in his skills.

The school invested in the online programme, Reading Plus, for Key Stage two children in December 2020 to help with their reading skills.

The primary school pupil was rewarded for his reading efforts. Picture: Stanton Community Primary School. (49432905)
The primary school pupil was rewarded for his reading efforts. Picture: Stanton Community Primary School. (49432905)

His teacher, Kerry Harris, said: “In terms of achievement at school I can say that Connor no longer dreads reading.

“I have taught Connor for three years and his dyslexia diagnosis highlighted some of his barriers to reading but it had already ‘turned him off’ reading.

“Finding age-appropriate texts that use the correct developmental level of phonetic development is a challenge, especially when you factor in that he really needs to be interested in it! But Reading Plus has these.

“The programme tailors itself to each individual child’s areas of development after assessing them which is something I have never experienced as a teacher, but such an amazing idea as the development of readers is such a personal thing.

Connor's mum, Lauren, added: "During lockdown 3.0 Connor used Reading Plus little and often. With his dyslexia it can be a challenge for him to read, even about things he enjoys! When Connor used the programme, I got to see first-hand his understanding of written text develop and with that his confidence in reading texts he wasn’t familiar with soared.”

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