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Posted on: 21st Jul 2021

Children at TKAT’s Seal Primary Academy, Selsey were delighted to learn that they had come top of the class in a reading competition and won 300 books plus shelving for their school library.

The competition was sponsored by Renaissance Learning, who provide ‘Accelerated Reader’ across all our schools. This offers reading assessments and engaging quizzes and activities to help hone students’ reading skills and develop a love for reading, and it is an integral part of our trust reading strategy.

Overall, the total number of books read by entrants to the competition was 12,551. 63% of participating schools increased their reading comprehension during the competition.

Seal’s Headteacher, Melanie Strachan said: “It is so lovely to hear that our children are not only reading more but understanding and enjoying the books they are reading. We are delighted with our prize – the new books will strengthen the reading culture at Seal even more – thank you!”

Dr Mandy Hartley, a published children's author and DNA scientist, awarded the prize to the winning school. Her book "The DNA Detectives - To Catch a Thief" won the ASE Book award.

Dr Hartley gave a talk to the schools about her work with DNA, how she writes her books, where her inspiration comes from and how it feels to have a book published. She commented “It is so pleasing to see reading taking its rightful position at the heart of the curriculum. Well done to Seal Primary Academy and all the schools that took part in the competition.”

You can find out more details about all Dr Hartley’s books with the following link.

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