The academic year 2017-2018 marks the first year of implementation of the Lexonik Programme at Staffordshire University Academy (SUA). Staff have been trained and are enthusiastic about rolling out Lexonik to an increasing number of students. There are some scheduling challenges but this is to be expected when implementation is in its early stages.
The school are in Special Measures and have identified literacy as a focus for improvement. The school is in an area with economic challenges and this has resulted in multiple barriers to learning for students. In terms of behavioural standards and academic achievement, there was room for improvement. However, there is now a new energy and drive to improve the school’s performance. Lexonik is one of the strategies currently being implemented to raise achievement.
SUA have three staff members trained to deliver Lexonik. They are currently delivering to one group each of Year 11 pupils. They aim to roll it out to Year 10 and 9 and then also Years 7 and 8. In addition, they are considering getting Level 2 for their younger children.
SUA have recently had their first cohort complete the six weeks of Lexonik. The school did the testing straight after and there was an average reading age gain of over 30 months. They hope that this is seen across the board with the other groups.
SUA are working hard to ensure that all group sessions take place in a quiet, work- supporting environment.
‘Since debuting Lexonik Sound Training back in September 2017, the students here at Staffordshire University Academy have benefitted greatly in many areas. Working regularly with students who have completed the programme, we have noticed progress in several areas, but most notably:
Increased knowledge of vocabulary through the teaching of prefixes and suffixes.
Students able to not only read unfamiliar or subject specific words, but being able to decode the understanding of the word through their Lexonik training.
Confidence with reading throughout the curriculum.
We initially targeted Y11 and the students in this year group have found the course extremely beneficial, particularly with the literacy-heavy questions they face in GCSE exams across all subjects. The students have enjoyed the programme and many have actually requested to continue after the six weeks.
Results have been nothing short of remarkable. Across all year groups, we have seen an average reading age gain of 58 months and Standardised Score gain of 26 points.
Following our training, we as staff have found Lexonik easy to deliver as the resources are all pre-prepared, high quality and engaging – saving us valuable planning time.’
George Massey, Staffordshire University Academy
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