How did Reading on Your Head come about?
The idea for Reading On Your Head began with my dissertation project at university.
I grew up in a very deprived area and wanted to do something which would give backto the community and others like it I grew up in. I created a simple multi choice PowerPointquiz where pupils could create their own story by answering multi choice questions.
The project was successful and I wanted to build on it. John (we’ve know each other since we were about 7 and were each other’s best man) came on board as he is a programmer and web developer.
Over several years we took it from a concept to a working website. With support from my school and academy trust we then fleshed out the idea into a working platform. We’ve trialed on several schools within out Trust to help develop the idea and are now at the point where we’re ready to launch as a business. My headteacher was happy for me to take time out from school to launch the business.
What do your readers learn from Reading on YourHead?
We aim to use raising reading engagement as a tool to improve confidence with reading which then raises attainment.
Pupils can use the website both in school and at home. Once they have read a short section of text they then answer a multi choice reading quiz. Teachers can then use the assessment data from the questions they answer to inform where pupils are doing well and where they need extra support.
Pupils can also create their own reading quizzes they can share with their friends and compete to answer each other’s quizzes.
All this allows pupils to become more familiar with how answers to reading comprehension questionsshould look, how to answer questions effectively and how to read a text effectively and efficiently to find the answers to questions.
What’s next for Reading on Your Head?
We think we’re completely different to anything else that’s out there. We’re working hard to spread the word about Reading On Your Head and get into schools, both in the UK and internationally.
We’re already booked in for the BETT show next year and are looking for primary schools who would like to work with us.
We’re also keen to begin working with parents as we think what we offer is perfect for parents who want to effectively support their children with reading at home.
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