PDST WELLREAD NATIONAL AWARD

Accreditation Process

 

 

The process involves the following steps:

 

  • Inform the whole school community about the intention to engage with the Wellread initiative
  • Register with Margaret Mary Grant, Laois Education Centre ([email protected]).
  • and form a Wellread Steering Committee
  • Review Process
  • Plan, Implement and Monitor Whole School Initiatives
  • Submit Portfolio for Accreditation
  • Wellread Plaque and Certificate Awarded
  • Maintaining the Award

 

 

 

1. Whole School Community Awareness

 

Following on from attendance at an information session, it is imperative that the whole school community is made aware of the school’s intention to register. It is envisaged that the Wellread National Award will explicitly foster and nurture a culture of reading for pleasure in your school. This will involve all of the stakeholders, notably students, teachers and parents.

 

 

2. Register and form a Wellread Steering Committee

 

Schools that wish to be considered for the Wellread National Award should register their interest with Margaret Mary Grant (Laois Education Centre)by emailing Margaret Mary ([email protected]). The establishment of a core group to be representative of students, teachers and parents is an essential first step. The main purpose of this steering committee will be to drive the implementation process of the Wellread initiatives in their school. Ideally, the Steering Committee should include representatives from the student body, teaching staff and parents.

 

 

3. Review Process

 

The Steering Committee should engage in a whole school collaborative process of reviewing current best practice in relation to the promotion of reading in their school (see resources from the Autumn Workshop in Resources for Schools section). This could involve identifying initiatives that the school has already implemented in promoting reading and identifying initiatives that they plan to implement going forward. The School Self Evaluation six step process could be a useful model to employ at this step. Schools are required to engage with three initiatives for each area in the promotion of reading for pleasure; three initiatives to promote reading for pleasure among parents, three initiatives to promote reading for pleasure among school staff and three initiatives to promote reading for pleasure among students.

 

 

4. Plan, Implement and Monitor Whole School Initiatives

 

The Steering Committee should engage in a process of action planning whole school initiatives that promote and raise awareness of reading and what they are trying to achieve in relation to reading in their school (see resources from the Autumn Workshop in Resources for Schools section). The steering committee will agree on a plan of how they will implement and monitor at least three initiatives to promote reading for pleasure across each of the three groups.

 

 

5. Submit Portfolio for Accreditation   

 

To be considered for award, schools must submit their portfolio by the end of May for award the following Autumn. (See FAQs section for more information in relation to what the portfolio should look like!)

 

Portfolios should only be submitted at the point in time when all the planned initiatives for a given year(s) have been put in place/completed. We realise that this is a process that will take place over a number of years but that progress documented in one year may be sufficient to go forward for accreditation. This would be evidenced in a period of sustained promotion and development of reading for pleasure across the entire school and involving the whole school community.

 

The accreditation team will meet in June to consider the portfolios submitted by schools. Laois Education Centre will telephone/email the school to inform them of the Accreditation Team’s decision.

 

Schools that are not approved on the grounds that further progress is required will receive feedback outlining the areas to be addressed.

 

 

6. Wellread Plaque and Certificate Awarded

 

Schools that are being awarded the PDST Wellread National Award will be notified by Laois Education Centre and the Wellread Plaque and Certificate will be presented to the school at a National PDST Wellread Awards Ceremony the following Autumn.

 

 

7. Maintaining the Award

 

The PDST Wellread National Award can be maintained by undertaking the portfolio process every three years. Successful Wellread schools may choose to engage with the “Readers For Life” initiative, where they will complete a portfolio process again to demonstrate how they have maintained a culture of reading for pleasure among parents, students and school staff.

 

 

 

Possible Reading for Pleasure Initiatives: Students

Possible Reading for Pleasure Initiatives: School Staff

Possible Reading for Pleasure Initiatives: Parents

Drop Everything and Read initiatives scheduled on a weekly or monthly basis

Staff book clubs (these can run virtually)

Parent book clubs (these can run virtually)

Book Clubs

Guess The Book: Staff members share the front cover of their favourite books. Students and fellow staff are encouraged to guess which book belongs to which staff member.

Encourage students to select books for their parents to read (this can also run virtually through online libraries).

Paired Reading

Engage with online libraries and discuss their reading regularly. Sora App is a free resource for teachers of JCSP or DEIS schools.

Have suggested book lists for parents, to include “Quick Reads” that parents can read quickly. Ask students to record their progress.

Author Visits

Encourage subject departments to create a ‘book wall’ display with suggested reading around their subject, which staff should engage with regularly.

Encourage parents to engage in paired reading with their children. Ask students to keep a record of this progress and celebrate successes!

Publication of student book reviews in school newsletters/ local newspapers

Staff book swaps, with regular monitoring of staff reading. This could be facilitated through an online document where each staff member makes a note of books that they are reading for pleasure.

Invite parents to reading events, such as Christmas themed story evenings. These can also run virtually.