Reading and Literacy

MEA Central is a school that reads

Developing Confident, Literate and Articulate scholars 

At MEA Central, we believe that students’ ability to read and express themselves will determine how successful they are at school and in later life.

We value reading as an act of participation that can be enjoyed both in school and at home because of the significant impact it has on the development of knowledge.

We believe: Of the subjects taught in school, reading is first among equals - the most singular in importance because all others rely on it. (Doug Lemov, Reading Reconsidered)

For most of our students, our ambitious curriculum offer and Reading for Pleasure programme will be enough for them to thrive academically though some will need more support.  Where attainment gaps exist between age-related expectations and actual capabilities, we must seek to narrow that gap as quickly and as effectively as possible.  

We therefore offer a number of reading interventions to students who are reading below the national expectations of their chronological age: 

Reading Age 
<= 9.7 Lexia Power Up
9.8-10.11 Invited to Library Club
11+ Reading for Pleasure 


Reading Age 
<= 9.7 Ruth Miskin Phonics / Lexia Power Up
9.8-10.11 Lexonik / 1:1 Reading
11+ Invited to Library Club 
12+  Reading for Pleasure


Reading Age 
<= 9.7 Lexia Power Up
9:8 –12.11  Invited to Library Club
13 –16 Reading for Pleasure 
=>17  Reading for Pleasure


Reading Age 
<=12.11  Lexonik / 1:1 Reading 
=>17 Oxbridge Readers Club 

As part of our induction process, students entering Year 7 complete National Group Reading Tests (NGRTs) and these tests are repeated annually throughout Key Stage 3. Depending on the outcome of the reading test, suitable interventions are put in place based on the outline above. 

Whenever specific needs are identified, we seek to work in partnership with parents and ensure that their child receives appropriate support. We would recommend that all students read widely in a variety of styles and genres, and that parents support this process as much as possible by hearing their child read regularly and engaging in conversations about their learning. The school offers a full library service with a range of clubs and activities on offer daily. 

If you would like any further advice on how to help your child improve their reading skills then please contact us via email

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