At Hope, one of our aims is to raise the reading age of all of our young people, as this will have a positive impact in their other subjects. On entry to the day programme each young person completes a multiple choice reading age test and then re-sits this termly to measure progress and improvement. To support progress in reading, all day programme staff and young people ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (DEAR) for 20 minutes every day as well as receiving individual support in English sessions to help develop their reading skills. At Hope we have a wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers that cover all levels of reading ability and interests. It is our aim that all young people leave Hope with a reading age that is within two years of their chronological age.