Hull schoolboy wins national reading award

Feranmi Adesina, age 10, from Estcourt Primary Academy, has won the national award Most Words Read by a Pupil (KS2) for reading over a million words on the online reading development programme Reading Plus.

Feranmi also celebrated being shortlisted for the Reading Plus Star of the Year (KS2) award, which recognises the overall exceptional hard work and achievement of pupils.

The Reading Plus Awards is an annual event organised by Reading Solutions UK, the home of Reading Plus, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of pupils, teachers, and schools across the country.

Nathan Ullah, Year 6 Teacher and Reading Lead at Estcourt, who nominated Feranmi, said: “Feranmi’s confidence is now at an all-time high after hearing this news! In his own words, he is ‘astonished’, and I have seen how proud he is of the achievement.

“Reading Plus has helped his reading skills by providing a wide range of texts and questions that cover different reading content domains. He cannot believe he has read so many words himself!”

Feranmi received a trophy, a certificate, and a £25 Amazon voucher in recognition. He tells us: “It feels great to win this award – it is a very high achievement! I have only been in this school for one and a half years, but I have completely astonished myself at this point. I didn’t even know I was being nominated. I knew I had read a lot of words but never felt it was the most in Key Stage 2!

“People who love reading should have a chance to use Reading Plus because it is really fun and helps boost your confidence.”

Lee Carrick, Reading Development Consultant at Reading Solutions UK, said: “What Feranmi has managed to achieve, reading over a million words, is beyond incredible. We had to double-check that the number was correct!

“It is fantastic to hear he enjoyed Reading Plus so much. We wish him all the best of luck in his future reading endeavours.”

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