Lexia Learning is a computer-based programme which helps to develop students’ reading skills by getting them to complete short activities focusing on phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Lexia was introduced to year 7 students in 2014 as an initiative to improve their literacy, reading and, ultimately, to help prepare them for the new GCSEs. The programme involves students spending at least one hour per week completing activities. They work their way up the five levels of the programme, each level becoming more difficult than the one before it. Students take a preliminary test before starting the programme and begin at a level matched to their ability, so not all students have to start at level 1.
The 2015 cohort completed Hodder standardised reading tests at the start and end of year 7. This data allows us to compare our students’ reading ability with students nationally and to assess how Lexia has helped improve our reading standards:
Of the students who completed both entry and exit tests 44.5% made better than average reading progress during the Lexia programme.
10% of students moved from the average band to the above average band during the Lexia programme. When adding this to the above average students at the start of the year this brings the school 6.5% above national average.
These are highly significant improvements in our students’ reading levels; however, this cannot be solely attributed to Lexia. Other initiatives such as Right to Write, the increased focus on whole school literacy and the work of our English Department also help explain our success.
The current year 7 students (Intake 2016) have also started the Lexia programme this year with promising results already. With more of a focus on home usage of the programme, students are making more progress in a shorter space of time.
Home Usage Instructions
Lexia can be downloaded and used on several different devices (computers, laptops, iPads etc.), so students are able to log on to Lexia at home, helping them to make a larger amount of progress in a shorter space of time.
“Lexia gives us lots of opportunities to learn new literacy skills such as the origins of words, like the word “democratic”, which I didn’t know before. It has also helped me improve my grammar, which has helped me in all subjects. It has especially helped me with Right Write, allowing me to get the highest level possible.” – Logan Grain, 7G
“Lexia has helped improve my spelling. When you get to the harder levels, you also learn about where different words come from, like Greek or Latin words, which I found interesting. I felt I learnt a lot.”– Callum Walker, 7H