Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension - Staffordshire


"A richly rewarding training. The knowledge and personality of the trainer were engaging. This will have an impact on my school."

Reading Comprehension CPD participant

Education Endowment Fund (EEF) guidance for Key Stage 2 reports extensive evidence to show that explicit teaching of comprehension improves literacy.

Key to great comprehension teaching is an exciting range of books for pupils to engage with. As well as classroom strategies, participants will look at a range of extracts from picture and chapter books.


The course takes place over two days, spread across two terms to allow critical reflection between sessions.

To promote collaborative practice, we encourage two teachers including the literacy lead from each school to participate. We also invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.

Both sessions run from 9:30 to 15:30.

Day 1: 17 October 2019

  • Where does comprehension sit in relation to the wider concept of reading
  • The key processes of comprehension - deepening our knowledge
  • Evaluation of current strategies and practice
  • Next steps

Day 2: 12 March 2020

  • Digging deeper: exploring and developing inference
  • Balancing teaching and testing
  • The importance of vocabulary instruction
  • The importance of knowledge of children's literature


£400 for the first participant per school and £300 for every colleague you bring. The price includes a year's membership of the National Literacy Trust. We invite a head or senior leader to attend the first session free of charge.

Existing members receive a £50 discount per booking: email schools@literacytrust.org.uk or call 0207 587 3067 to get your code or to book

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