In January of this year, we piloted our digital reading log with a small number of primary schools. We’ve since been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from teachers, parents, and pupils. Following the success of the pilot, we’re excited to launch the reading log on a much larger scale.
WeRead, our digital reading log, makes it fun and easy to track reading progress through audio clips shared between home and school. In this blog we share everything you need to know about We Read and how it works for teachers and families.
How WeRead works
WeRead replaces paper reading logs with a digital solution that makes it easier for both parents and schools to keep track of reading.
Using WeRead, parents and teachers record meaningful audio clips, comments and photos to track a child’s reading journey. This creates a powerful link between school and home.
Solving problems for teachers
Beyond the obvious benefit of no longer needing to worry about lost reading logs, our digital reading log makes it easier to monitor engagement.
Through WeRead, schools receive live engagement data for their class including comments, photos and audio clips. This saves teachers time, as it is easy to identify who hasn’t been read with. The teacher dashboard also makes it quick and simple to see how many times each child has been read with over a week.
How WeRead motivates families to read more
Unlike other platforms, WeRead doesn’t require parents to remember login details or even the name of the website. Instead, parents are sent regular reminders to read with their child via email or text. These reminders contain a link which takes them straight to their homepage, saving parents time and faff.
It is also easier than a paper reading log as it only requires parents to have a phone. There is no chance of losing it, and no need for a pen.
Most importantly, WeRead makes parents feel part of their child’s reading journey. Our audio recording tool allows parents to capture and hear their child’s progress over time, as well as giving them a window into the reading that happens at school.
What teachers say
“The pupils love recording themselves on the reading log, being able to show off to their teachers what they can do…sharing a book at home that they don’t have in school with their teachers has been particularly special.”
– Bernadette Bonnar, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Middleton
“We are seeing families engage in reading at home who were not previously doing so. One parent recently told me ‘It is simple to use, and I like being able to see what they read at school too.'”
– Chris Burrows, teacher at Phoenix Infant Academy (check out a full case study here)
WeRead costs just £45 a class per year (or is included in our full programme cost of £90 per year). That makes it a much more affordable solution than traditional paper reading logs.