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Reading for Pleasure in KS2 1.5-day online CPD

04 Mar 2024

9:30am - 2:30pm




“The recent 2021 PIRLS data for England showed that the pupils who said they liked reading the most scored, on average, 34 points more than those who said they did not like reading. In effect, pupils who are reading regularly for enjoyment give themselves unofficial reading lessons, supporting their reading comprehension.”

Reading Framework 2023

The reading framework, published in July 2023 by the DfE, advised that "Wide recreational reading expands pupils’ knowledge about the world and about language, as well as their understanding of subject-specific academic and technical vocabulary...Further, pupils who read regularly report heightened levels of social and emotional wellbeing." However, research conducted in early 2023 found reading enjoyment levels to be at the lowest we have recorded since we began surveying children and young people in 2005. These findings are concerning and must inform the national response to how we can improve outcomes for children in primary schools.

At this CPD, conducted over three short online sessions, attendees will engage with research to explore the transformative potential of reading for pleasure. They will engage with other schools and design an action plan tailored to their setting using strategies such as exploring whole texts and "book talk".

Attendees will:

  • Examine a range of approaches, including choosing and using whole texts
  • Engage with research around the benefits of reading for enjoyment
  • Develop an action plan to create a community of readers in your school
  • Plan for embedding these successful approaches more widely across your school

Structure and cost

All training will take place online via Zoom. Training will take place over the course of a day, with a two-hour follow-up session to feed back:

Day 1 - Monday 4 March 2024

  • Session one: 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Session two: 12.30 - 14.30

Day 2 - twilight session

  • Summer 2024 - exact date tbc

The cost is £210 for the first attendee, and £190 for each additional colleague.

National Literacy Trust school members will receive a £50 discount per school booking.

Please email Ruth King if you require a discount code or if you have any questions.

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