Within our short stay respite provision, we use IDL. This is an interactive Literacy intervention which is structured to provide comprehensive and specific teaching, tailored to individual pupil’s needs.

IDL is also used at Key Stage 4 curriculum as a literacy intervention.


Accelerated Reader

At The Heights, Burnley, we have invested in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme as part of our wider reading strategy across the school. AR is a reading package aimed at engaging pupils in learning through ensuring they have appropriate reading material according to their ability and interests. AR also provides pupils with access to over 210,000 quizzes in and nearly 2,000 nonfiction articles, to deliver abundant reading choice.

Every term, pupils will complete a STAR reading test in school. This will give each pupil an additional STAR reading age, a book level and a reading target. Following each term’s STAR test, the pupil’s reading age should be showing improvement. Following the first STAR test of the year, each pupil will be asked to read a book from their book level. When they have finished the book, they will log onto the Accelerated Reader website to complete a quiz on the book they have read. Pupils must achieve 60% or more to pass the quiz.

If you require any further information on the AR programme, please contact


Reading at home

  • Visit your local library – it’s free to join! As well as taking out books, use visits to the library as a time to find books and films about your child’s hobbies and interests.
  • Make time to read. Set aside a time for reading – after school or before bedtime. Encourage independent reading but don’t be afraid to still read with your child when you can. Your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes every day.
  • Don’t just read books. Encourage your child to read newspapers, TV guides, comics and magazines. Ask your child to find out information from the Internet, cookery books, etc.
  • Be positive! Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes
  • Read yourself! Show a good example by talking about the reading you do at work and at home. Let your child know that reading is an important part of your life.
  • Let your child read with younger children. Encourage them to read to other members of the family and younger siblings.
  • Let them read their favourites. Don’t worry if they only read one kind of book.
  • Make the story come to life. Encourage your child to read with expression. This will help them read more fluently.
  • Keep books safe. Make your child their own special place to keep their books in their bedroom.

“We are passionate about making a difference, removing challenges to learning, having a positive impact, delivering high quality teaching and learning, and achievement for all.”

Susannah Berry, Headteacher