Northern Education Trust Manor Academy have recently installed a book vending machine for their students. This school-wide initiative aims to further enhance the wider culture of reading that the Academy has created by providing easy access to books and allowing their Student Voice group to choose the titles available from the vending machine.
Principal Lee Kirtley is immensely proud of the reading culture within the Academy, saying: “We encourage students to read as often and as widely as possible, both in and outside of subject areas. We use our vending machine to reward students for their fantastic progress and attitude towards reading.”
Staff at Manor Academy passionately believe that reading teaches children about both the fictional and physical world around them. By ensuring reading is such an instrumental part of the school day, Manor Academy hopes the students’ brains are exercised and challenged, making for brilliant academic minds, which is why the book vending machine is now an important aspect of the academy’s reward programme.
As per the academy’s Reading Routes scheme, students can select books of different genres and are given the opportunity to read these every week in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) lessons. Alex, pictured, has already completed 8 reading routes and, as a reward, was the first student to use the vending machine.
Mr Kirtley added: “At Manor Academy, we understand that praising children for their impeccable work and contributions to the school community is incredibly important. Several students have been rewarded for their excellent attitudes to learning, fabulous homework entries and outstanding effort in lessons with a book from the vending machine.”