To improve literacy and to help build students’ confidence in reading, students at Aspire are encouraged to read for the first fifteen minutes of everyday. Students who complete their chosen books are then given the opportunity to participate in the Accelerated Reader programme where they are asked to complete an online quiz. Students who successfully pass the quizzes are then rewarded for their progress with vouchers, lots of praise and the opportunity to choose another book from the well-stocked Aspire library.

Many of the students who started out as reluctant readers now come into the academy looking forward to their first fifteen minutes of the day, and many have improved their reading levels considerably.