The Bermuda Education Network (BEN) is building a professional learning community working together to increase the services and opportunities available to public school students.

One of our key areas of focus is reducing the numbers of students struggling to learn how to read at primary level. Thanks to our donors, we offer a 3-week Summer Learning Programme free to public school students every July.

Students who do not read proficiently by P4 stuggle to “read to learn” thereafter and are four times less likely to graduate high school. The summer vacation presents an opportunity to provide intensive intervention through lessons which reinforce language concepts and one-on-one tuition with reading experts. BEN’s Summer Learning Programme provides accelerated learning for students who have finished P3 but have not yet achieved reading proficiency.

The enrollment process begins with P3 classroom teachers referring students to us and providing their Fountas & Pinnell reading benchmarks.