Across the Divide: Developing Reading in Key Stage 3 - Worcestershire


"These leaders [of successful schools] ensure that their schools embed the learning habits that will stand their pupils in good stead for their future academic studies, for example in stressing the importance of reading often and widely." - Ofsted, Key Stage 3: the wasted years

Research shows consistently that students, partiularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are vulnerable to falling behind in reading as they move from primary to secondary school. This action research project for English teaches and literacy leads helps develop strategies to ensure those students aren't left behind.

  • Develop knowledge of the reading journey in KS3
  • Collaborate with colleagues in different schools
  • Engage in action research to develop enjoyment and attainment in reading


The course takes place over three afternoon sessions, all 1.30pm to 4.30pm:

Day 1: 28 February

  • Develop strategies to develop reading for enjoyment and wider reading skills
  • Develop an understanding of the key reading requirements at KS2 and KS3
  • Understand the principles of action research
  • Begin thinking about focus groups and projects

Day 2: 1 April

  • Consider initial audit and baseline findings and share plans for developing projects
  • Explore a range of approaches to increase engagement with texts and improve attainment in reading
  • Engage with action research and foster and develop critical reflection

Day 3: 27 June

  • Showcase and celebrate each school's project
  • Develop long term strategies to disseminate school-wide
  • Address parental and community engagement

Cost and dates

£300 for the first delegate per school and £225 for every colleague that you bring. The cost includes a year's premium membership of the National Literacy Trust - existing member schools receive a £50 discount. Email to access your discount code.

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